Children's Environmental Health Network
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Childhood lead exposure is associated with adverse health and development effects. There is no safe level of lead exposure, yet many children in the U.S. are exposed via multiple sources, including through their drinking water. In some cases lead-contaminated drinking water may be a result of a home or building’s internal plumbing fixtures, but there are also many communities across the country where water enters a home via a lead service line. Full and safe replacement of these lead service lines is a step communities can take to reduce the risk of children’s exposure to lead. Public health and health care professionals, the water utility, and other community leaders play an important part in the development of a community’s lead service line replacement program.
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