Environmental Protection Agency limits lead in drinking water
to 15 ppb.
"In 1990, when the EPA was told by Congress to control the lead in drinking water
, the agency wanted to identify those utilities with the most corrosive water," he recalls.
"The District and its residents were unknowingly forced to serve as a 'canary in the coal mine' for lead in drinking water
," asserted Representative Henry Waxman (D-California) in a statement presented at a congressional hearing in May 2004.
This manual was designed to assist Minnesota's schools in minimizing the consumption of lead in drinking water
by students and staff.
However, controversy continues to surround the Drinking Water Act's third requirement--the setting of new federal standards for lead in drinking water
. Lead was originally one of 40 contaminants for which new standards were to become effective by June 1988.