Tips for D.C. residents concerned about lead
Why is lead something to worry about?
-- Lead is a toxic metal and is linked to permanent brain damage, developmental delays, hearing loss, aggressive behavior and coordination problems, when significant amounts are ingested over time. Fetuses and children younger than 6 are especially vulnerable to lifelong damage from lead poisoning.
-- Lead levels began to rise dramatically citywide in the District's water in 2001, following a chemical treatment change. The D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, its chief regulator, knew the levels were rising but did not disclose it to the public until after news reports in January 2004.
Worried about your children?
-- Monitor your children to determine whether they suffer from hearing, coordination or emotional behavior problems or difficulties in concentrating.