David LaFrance, Chief Executive Officer, American Water Works
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AWWA knew that good things would happen when 24 organizations collaborated to accelerate, on a voluntary basis, the removal of lead service lines. That is why we were pleased to become part of the steering committee for the Lead Service Line Replacement (LSLR) Collaborative.
The reasons for each group to join the LSLR Collaborative are the same and yet slightly different. Georges Benjamin is the executive director of the American Public Health Association. The association is an LSLR Collaborative member because, as Georges says, “The nation's aging water infrastructure is a public health problem. The replacement of lead service lines is at the heart of addressing this problem to reduce the risk of lead toxicity.”
The LSLR Collaborative has created a set of tools available for your local solutions. This is a prime reason that Lynn Thorp and her organization, Clean Water Action, are LSLR Collaborative leaders. Lynn says that “fully replacing lead service lines is a logical next step in getting lead out of drinking water and helping local communities fully replace lead service lines sooner.”
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