Our Campaign for Lead Free Drinking Water
As a founding member of the Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, Clean Water is committed to working with communities to getting lead service lines out of the ground and away from our drinking water!
Tackle the problem at its source
The most effective way to limit exposure to lead is to remove lead at the source. For lead in drinking water, this means focusing on digging up and replacing lead service lines that are some of the greatest contributors to lead in drinking water.
Many cities water tests under the EPA Lead and Copper rule. But we know this doesn’t mean that the water is healthy or safe. Especially for children. We don’t want to wait! We want communities to be proactive about lead service line removal whether or not it’s required.
The painful and predictable problem persists. Lower income communities, community with higher populations of people of color, and communities with large immigrant populations and English Language Learners often do not have their lines replaced as quickly as wealthier, predominantly white communities. Safe drinking water is a basic human right, which is why Clean Water Action is committed to working with and prioritizing environmental justice communities.
Roles for Community Groups in LSL Replacement Efforts
Community advocate and organizing groups can play a pivotal, dynamic role in accelerating LSL replacement, as was the case for Clean Water Fund in Chelsea, Massachusetts. Maureo Fernández y Mora, Associate State Director, described how Clean Water served as both an ally to the Department of Public Works in Chelsea, helping it design and fund an LSL replacement program, and as an advocate for and bridge to the community. Learn more.