Drinking Water and Lead Service Lines: Partnering to Protect Public Health

Meeting // Washington

Milken Institute School of Public Health


Jan 24 2018, 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST



Lead exposure contributes to cognitive impairment, behavioral problems, and lowered IQ. While there is no safe level of lead exposure, lead can be found in dust in our homes, air, soil and drinking water. Lead service lines are the largest source of lead in drinking water – with up to 10 million lead service lines bringing water to taps across the U.S. Following the tragedy in Flint, Michigan, a diverse group of 25 national organizations formed the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, organized around the goal of accelerating full lead service line replacement in communities across the nation.

We’ll be kicking off the new year with a discussion focusing on lead service line replacement within the broader context of tackling all sources of lead. The event will address the health risk of lead service lines, the role of public health professionals in the replacement process, and the importance of effective partnerships between public health agencies and water utilities to develop and implement creative solutions. We will provide public health professionals with practical tools to tackle the problem in their own community. Join us in person or online.


Welcoming remarks
Lynn R. Goldman, MD, MS, MPH
Dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
Professor of Environmental and Occupational Health

Personal story of lead poisoning
Yaquelin Vargas from Flint, Michigan, will tell her story about how her family was affected by lead poisoning.

Panel presentations

Speakers will provide share short case studies on how Cincinnati, Ohio, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are tackling lead service line replacement. The case studies will emphasize the importance of effective partnerships between public health agencies and water utilities and provide examples of how to overcome practical barriers to address the problem.

  • Cathy Bailey, Executive Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
  • Jean Shultz, Milwaukee Department of Public Health

The event will be moderated by National Center for Healthy Housing Executive Director Amanda Reddy.

Questions? Contact Surili Patel.

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