[Mintwood-place] Graham: DC WASA Water Safety Analysis
Jim at grahamwone.com
Fri May 28 21:42:11 UTC 2010
Dear Mr. Forman,
Thank you for a copy of your email to the Adams Morgan list serve. As I noted in my posting, in hearing after hearing since 2004, we have repeatedly confronted DCWASA with the results of several scientific studies which show that there was indeed lead in our water.
Those hearings gave key opportunities to tireless advocates such as Marc Edwards from Virginia Tech. Through our oversight efforts, we were getting the message out that despite DCWASA's assurances, we needed to test our water, flush our pipes, and reign in the partial lead pipe replacement program until we had a better grasp of the lead crisis.
Time and again I confronted DCWASA with these facts and we were assured that, according to their information from the Centers for Disease Control, lead from our pipes was not poisoning our children. We were told, therefore, that our water was safe to drink. I directed the establishment of a DC WASA/DDOE taskforce to conduct an independent study of the safety of the drinking water.
The most recent Washington Post article was the worst kind of vindication for our long held view that there was lead in the water our children were drinking. This is a failure at all levels, from the agency that we trust to make our water safe, and to inform us when it is not, to the Federal agencies we trusted to tell us when our children have been poisoned. Yet again, we are using the children of the District of Columbia as lead detectors, and this is simply unacceptable. This is why I have again called upon our water agency to take local control and accountability for this issue and ensure that our water is safe to drink.
That was the crux of my message the other day and the focus of our oversight over the years.
Councilmember Jim Graham
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Chairman, Committee on Public Works and the Transportation (including alcohol regulation). Main Committee Number: 202-724-8195. 1350 Pa. Ave., NW, #116, Washington, DC 20004.
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From: matt forman [mailto:matthew.forman2 at verizon.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 27, 2010 8:24 AM
To: AdamsMorgan at yahoogroups.com
Cc: Jim Graham; mintwood-place at lists.mutualaid.org
Subject: Re:Graham: DC WASA Water Safety Analysis
Jim - Can you clarify your previous message? You state that CDC misled the District about lead levels in our drinking water. But it appears from news reports, the CDC website, and the House Science Committee's report that the CDC's role was limited to testing blood lead levels in children, not lead levels in the water. It seems to me that testing the lead levels in the water was WASA's responsibility, under your committee's oversight.
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