If all older buildings in this country were examined, lead would most likely be found in every one of them. Our infrastructure back when they were built used lead pipes, and no one gave it a thought, because way back then, people didn't know about lead leeching. While this is a horrifying situation, it really shouldn't surprise anyone. The cost of replacing all of them could be offset by reducing other Federal budgets (looking at you, Pentagon), if the Feds were willing to to help states replace and renovate the water systems. It's coming to that point as more and more of this comes to public awareness.
It has nothing to do with the federal government. They don't manage your city water pipes, and even the city generally only manages up to the service line to your building or the meter. The rest of it is the responsibility of the individual building owner.
If only we had a governmental agency to help test and regulate these things!
Snarky cynicism aside, were results shuffled to a back burner or ignored?
Cloudy water is typically harmless. You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water.
What I am saying has to do with public works, which is a large part of it. We need to rebuild a lot of our boom-era infrastructure. And at State level, I don't think it could be financed. Perhaps I'm too future-thinking here, but we've learned a lot re chemstry since most of these projects were installed. And a public school is public. Who is the building owner there? An individual's house - absolutely it's their responsibility. A civic project? Who owns those? That seems to be where most of the problem is.
How is this not common knowledge? As a kid my elementary school had grey, cloudy water coming out of all the water fountains and no one batted an eye. Every kid knew that the water fountain wasn't clean because the water tasted like metal. And I live in a pretty wealthy area. Probably old pipes yeah?
The regulation is there.
There are millions of independently owned private water systems that, in my experience in water regulation, have no staff, training, or budget to take care of problems. They can be as local as your neighbor in a water system that consists of a single street of 20 homes.
US elections are starting to make sense. The fall of the Roman Empire has been partly blamed on the fact that many of the Roman nobility had consumed too much lead.
Nanotech is amazing, but would it play in public drinking water?