States Speed Up Time for Notifying Public About Lead-Contaminated Water

Subscribe to Governing | View Newsletter in Browser to Governing Magazine & Newsletters on Facebook / Twitter / LinkedIn FEATURED STORY States Speed Up Time for Notifying Public About Lead-Contaminated Water By Daniel C. Vock The nation’s public water utilities will have to tell their customers within 24 hours — rather than 60 days — if dangerous levels are detected in homes they service under a law Congress recently passed in response to the Flint water crisis. The requirement, which became law in December, comes after utilities and state environmental regulators failed to alert residents to high lead levels in drinking water in Ohio and Michigan. Both of those states have passed their own laws requiring faster notifications. Lead exposure at any level can be dangerous, particularly to pregnant women and children. It can damage the brain, red blood cells and kidneys, and can cause lifelong developmental problems. Keep reading >> MORE INFRASTRUCTURE NEWS How a Brooklyn Brewmaster Helped Make New York City Safer for Pedestrians The story starts with a trip to Scandinavia. Plus: Can cities end pedestrian deaths? Feds Halt High-Speed Rail in California The Federal Transit Administration has put the brakes on a $647 million grant to help pay for electrification of a commuter train system that was considered a key part of extending the planned high-speed rail line to the Bay Area. Trump Administration Approves Emergency Aid Request for Dam Crisis Federal emergency officials approved California Gov. Jerry Brown’s requests to pay for winter storm damages and to support California’s unfolding response to the emergency at the crumbling Oroville Dam. What Our Military Bases and Defense Communities Need The neglect of our military infrastructure impacts not only our security but also the needs of our service families and the communities that support them. Fracking Presents Big Problems That Towns Have Little Authority to Fix Almost every time localities attempt to regulate the oil industry, courts or legislatures stop them. These Places Lost the Smart Cities Challenge. But They Say They Ended Up Ahead. Even though Denver and Austin came up just short in the federal technology competition, both are moving forward with their ideas. ENJOY THIS NEWSLETTER? Governing has 10 others delivering news and commentary on a wide range of topics straight to your inbox. SUBSCRIBE FOR FREE TODAY Unsubscribe″ > | Opt out of all e.Republic email | Privacy Statement © 2017 e.Republic. All rights reserved. 100 Blue Ravine Road, Folsom, CA 95630. Phone: 916-932-1300