AASA Partners with Tap Water Watch

For Immediate Release

Contact:
James Minichello
703-875-0723
703-774-6953 (cell)
jminichello@aasa.org


Alexandria, Va. – Oct. 3, 2017 – Recognizing the alarming lead levels in our drinking water,  AASA, The School Superintendents Association, is teaming up with a water testing company to address a critical issue that has an impact on a very high percentage of schools throughout the country.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Tap Water Watch specializes in identifying water fixtures in schools, daycares and homes that are exposing drinking water with lead contamination. The company has a nationwide presence with trained water samplers and laboratories in every state.

Congress banned the use of lead pipes in the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in 1986. Any school built before 1986 is at the highest risk level for lead in drinking water.

“Millions of American homes and schools continue to supply drinking water through old lead pipes,” said Chuck Woodruff, chief operating officer, AASA. “Lead gets into drinking water after it leaves a city water treatment plant in the lead service lines, plumbing, solder and water fixtures. We are pleased that Tap Water Watch is an AASA School Solutions partner to help school districts come up with solutions so more students can have access to safe drinking water.”   

Based on EPA data, last year 18 million Americans were served water by systems that failed the Lead and Copper Rule, a U.S. federal regulation which limits the concentration of lead and copper allowed in public drinking water.  

“Odds are there are water fountains within every school that have elevated levels of lead,” said Scott Nelson, founder, Tap Water Watch. “As pressure mounts from state legislators, the media and concerned parents, school districts have a choice to either proactively test and fix any issues on their own or be forced to reactively test while under the media spotlight.”  

Tap Water Watch is offering lead and copper management solutions to AASA member school districts, including providing on-site trained water samplers and water quality monitoring. Districts are encouraged to watch a video the company produced discussing the high levels of lead in drinking water throughout the country and how to register to have their water fixtures tested.  

For additional questions about Tap Water Watch, contact Tara Gao at tgao@aasa.org.

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