Lead and Copper Rule Changes Will Impact Children and Families in Puerto Rico
Zimmetry Environmental provides lead and other testing services to identify heavy metals and other contaminants from water, soil, air, dust and bulk materials.
Bayamon, Puerto Rico -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced the first major update to the agency’s Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in nearly 30 years. The changes strengthen the LCR and accelerate actions that reduce lead in drinking water to safeguard children from lead exposure.
EPA’s new Lead and Copper Rule better protects children and communities from the risks of lead exposure by testing drinking water at elementary schools and child care facilities, getting the lead out of the nation’s drinking water, and empowering communities through information. Improvements under the new rule include:
· Using science-based testing to better locate elevated levels of lead in drinking water
· Establishing a trigger level to jumpstart mitigation earlier and in more communities
· Driving more and complete lead service line replacements
· Requiring testing in elementary schools and child care facilities
· Requiring water systems to identify and make public the locations of lead service lines
Nationwide, EPA estimates that 20% or more of human exposure to lead likely comes from drinking water. The agency also reports that homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into the water, especially hot water. This is significant as a 2017 Healthy Housing Fact Sheet from the National Center for Healthy Housing states that 54% of housing in Puerto Rico was built before 1978.
“The changes to the Lead and Copper Rule are good news for residents of Puerto Rico and the rest of the nation,” said Harry Pena, President of Zimmetry Environmental. “Even at low level exposure, lead may cause a range of health effects that could include behavioral problems and learning disabilities, high blood pressure, kidney problems and other health issues. Although everyone is at risk of exposure, children six years old and under are considered most at risk because this is when their brain is developing rapidly.”
For almost 20 years, the lead experts at Zimmetry Environmental have been helping residents, schools, institutions and businesses in Puerto Rico identify lead exposure hazards from water, lead-based paints, soil and other sources. If a problem is discovered, there are steps that can be taken to eliminate or mitigate exposure risks found. Several years ago, Zimmetry even sponsored an educational video several years ago about lead hazards in drinking water to help raise awareness, it can still be seen at: https://youtu.be/2kvtAcpw1MY
To learn more about Zimmetry Environmental and their lead, indoor air quality, environmental, compliance and consulting services, please visit www.zimmetry.com, call (787) 995.0005 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Zimmetry Environmental
Since 2002, Zimmetry Environmental has been providing environmental consulting services to building owners and managers, architects, engineers, EHS professionals, and Fortune 500 companies. The company is based in Puerto Rico and provides services across the Caribbean and Central America. The professionals at Zimmetry offer environmental compliance, indoor air quality, asbestos, lead-based paint, Phase I ESAs, and general environmental consulting services.