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Safe Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Lead and copper in drinking water present a potential health risk to building users. Children are especially susceptible to lead and copper exposure because their bodies absorb these elements at higher rates than the average adult. Children younger than six are most at risk due to their rapid rate of growth. Exposure to high levels of lead and copper can present a health risk to children and adversely impact classroom performance. Education facilities are also occupied or used by parents, teaching staff, and maintenance personnel. Studies have found that pregnant women who have accumulated exposure to lead through time may also be at risk during pregnancy. For these critical and important reasons, safe drinking water must be provided at education facilities.