Are you glad you don't live in Flint, reading about their water crisis? Actually PA children have far higher leadl evels.
… the rate of lead exposure in Pennsylvania is incredibly alarming. Nearly 10 percent of the more than 140,000 kids tested had levels of 5 or more micrograms per deciliter of lead in the blood (5 µg/dL) — this is the threshold the government uses to identify children with dangerously elevated blood lead levels. One percent tested positive for blood lead levels greater than 10 µg/dL.
Compare that to Flint, where state data shows the rate of lead exposure for 5 µg/dL from 2014 to 2015 as 3.21 percent. (Flint started pumping water from the Flint River in April 2014). Other researchers have found that specific areas of the city have exposure rates as high as 6.3 percent. That's alarming, but still a lower rate than 18 of the 20 cities in Pennsylvania. [emphasis mine]
There are 17 cities in Pennsylvania where 10 percent of children tested positive for lead exposure
The Pennsylvania Department of Health reported that the primary source for childhood lead poisoning in Pennsylvania is exposure to aging, deteriorating lead-based paint (chips and dust).
Pennsylvanians often get lead from our water too.My home just north of Philly has lead solder in the plumbing. We use an Aquathin reverse osmosis unit to remove lead from our drinking and cooking water.
The Guardian has reportedly come across a set of documents detailing questionable water testing practices in major cities like Detroit and Philadelphia, as well as the state of Rhode Island. Water tests are being manipulated in “every major U.S. city east of the Mississippi,” an anonymous source intimately familiar with lead and copper regulations told The Guardian.
Public health advocates this week said Philadelphia and other cities were failing to follow federal guidelines as they monitor lead levels at high-risk homes.
Up to 50,000 homes in Philadelphia are connected to city water mains by lead pipes, according to city officials.
Lambrinidou said Philadelphia has spent “20 years minimizing lead levels in tests”.
“Philadelphia is arguably worse than Flint in the testing of drinking water because they use pre-flushing, the removal of the aerator and the slow flow of water into bottles, which can also distort the result,”...