Stop the Spread of Lead-Poisoned Drinking Water

Target: Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Goal: Test local water supplies and deliver aid to rebuild infrastructure in areas that have been affected by lead leeching into the water supply.

Flint, Michigan is not the only city with lead-contaminated water. A state of emergency was declared after St. Joseph, Louisiana detected high levels of lead in their drinking water.  The pipes must be replaced. As pipes built with toxic lead corrode, they will poison drinking water. The government needs to provide funding for testing the water and replacing the pipes.

It is estimated by the CDC that 2.5 percent of children between the ages 1-5 have elevated levels of lead in their blood. This is especially disturbing because young children are most vulnerable to the negative effects of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, vomiting, seizures, hearing loss, and other debilitating symptoms.

Harmful materials from the pipes have leaked into the water supply, but that doesn’t stop citizens from receiving a water bill. They now have to pay for both tap water and store-bought water just to stay alive.

It is unacceptable that in a modern country people don’t have access to water that is safe to bathe in, clean with, and most importantly drink. Sign this petition to tell the government to take action to ensure that no one else is poisoned by their water.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Administrator McCarthy,

The number of communities affected by lead-tainted water is unacceptable. Too many communities have lost access to safe drinking water because of corroded pipes. It is time for the government to conduct large scale testing of public drinking water and to replace the crumbling infrastructure that led to this disaster.

A state of emergency was declared after St. Joseph, Louisiana detected high levels of lead in their drinking water.  How many cities have to suffer the effects of this dangerous contamination before the government takes real action?

It is estimated by the CDC that 2.5 percent of children between the ages 1-5 have elevated levels of lead in their blood. This is especially disturbing because young children are most vulnerable to the negative effects of lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, vomiting, seizures, hearing loss, and other debilitating symptoms.

The time has come for us to rejoin the rest of the modern world by providing safe drinking water to our citizens. Test the water and replace the lead piping.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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4 Comments

  1. This is America right?
    This is completely UNACCEPTABLE!
    America is supposed to be a modern and well advanced country, we SHOULDN’T have to worry weather our water is safe to drink or bathe in.
    Our government NEEDS to step up and take care of it’s OWN.

  2. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    why would you drink lead? i was told by someone not to put lead in my mouth and i just licked lead out of the pencil at school.

  3. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

    Signed & shared ?

  4. Water contamination is possible due to corroded pipes as well. We must get water tested in every 3 months to assure the level of toxicity in it. Proper measures are definitely necessary if the level comes out to be high.

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