Ensuring access to sufficient, safe drinking water has been an essential function of public health and health care professionals around the world for more than a century. Those who manage water utilities play a central role. However, state and local health officials and health care professionals also need to be involved.
Fundamentally, the impetus for a full lead service line replacement program is to protect human health and development. While planning and implementing a program involves many professions, public health and health care professionals should be essential members of the team leading the effort to ensure no one loses sight of this ultimate goal.
When it comes to lead, community leaders and drinking water professionals need the guidance and support from public health and health care professionals who have greater expertise and experience in lead poisoning prevention, community engagement, and risk communication.
Public health and health care professionals can help communities accelerate lead service line replacement by:
To be effective, public health and health care professionals need to understand the unpredictable nature of the risks posed by lead service lines and the limitation of water testing to assess those risks.
Source: CDC Drinking Water Week
"Access to public water sources that are safe and reliable is crucial for the health and prosperity of a society." - CDC