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Seattle Schools: Lead in the Water

Seattle schools are having quite a hard time with their water lately. According to the Seattle Times thirty-five public schools had their water tested only to reveal “higher-than-normal” levels of lead. Now, the odd part is, one health official insists parents really shouldn’t worry about this:
Experts said the higher-than-normal levels should not cause parents to worry. "I would not be concerned that [the reported levels] would be a problem," said Dr. William Robertson, medical director of the Washington Poison Center. "I would tell them to keep on drinking the water."
How’s this recommendation sit with you? It concerns me, especially if you remember that this past spring drinking water from five Seattle schools contained arsenic levels that exceed government guidelines. Sure sounds like Seattle health officials have got some work to do.

As I said yesterday, childhood exposure to toxins is a big deal here on DiseaseProof. For more on this topic check out yesterday’s post: Chemicals and Young Children
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