Thursday, November 17, 2005

Scary stuff! Your Boston home may have lead in the drinking water

This is really some scary stuff. Last night on Fox 25 there was a report on lead in the drinking water in the homes in and around Boston. Fox25.com has the story on their site but you can go directly to the Conservation Law Foundation web site and click on the "Lead in Drinking Water" story/report (or just click the link). There is a PDF available on that web site (you can directly download it here), where they list all of the addresses of Boston properties with water service lines made of lead. The PDF list is very long, actually 87 pages. I don't know about you but this is some scary stuff that worries me. It's going to take me a while to look through the long list to see if where I live is listed but I have already found a neighbor's home right down the street from me is listed. In the article/report (Lead in Drinking Water) it states that "Boston's drinking water has proven to contain some of the highest lead levels of any major water system in the country." If that quote doesn't scare you, then you probably don't live in or around Boston.

The guy on Fox 25 last night interviewed someone in the Boston water department (this may be the wrong name of it, but it was someone from some kind of Boston water department) and he said that these pipes will be fixed/replaced in the next 10-15 years. What! What! We're talking about people's health and people's lives here. This guy probably doesn't even live in or around Boston. If he did and if others did, I'm sure this would be fixed sooner than 10-15 years. The article/report from above also mentions that of the Massachusetts children that have had blood tests, it shows an elevation in lead levels in their blood. "26 have populations that are nearly 80 percent non-white and 20 percent below the poverty line." Anyone else thinking that if the 80 percent were white and were rich, that this problem would be fixed by now or at least they would have a plan in place to tackle this situation? I at least think there would be more made about this and you would see action being taken now, not 10-15 years from now.

Everyone has to do something about this. Write to the mayor, write to city hall, write to any government office. We need this problem to be taken care of now, not later.

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