Worry About Lead in Your Drinking Water, But Not From Stanley Cups

Worry About Lead in Your Drinking Water, But Not From Stanley Cups

On TikTok, in Google search bars, and amidst Facebook group comment sections, thousands of people are worried and asking the same question, “does my Stanley Cup have lead?”

The viral tumblers were recently discovered to contain small amounts of lead in the base of the cup, surrounded by steel, to help insulate the contents from heat and cold.

The good news — according to experts, the lead component is separate enough from the contents of the cup that people do not need to worry.

The bad news — lead is more pervasive than most people realize, and while it may not be in your Stanley cup, there is a decent chance that you or your family and friends are being exposed to lead at this moment. The most common way is through drinking water. Across the country, homes, schools, and childcare facilities get their drinking water from lead service lines, lead-bearing plumbing and lead-bearing sinks, faucets, and other fixtures. That lead leeches into the water and then into our bodies. And unfortunately, there is no safe level of lead exposure.

While several people have heard of the lead contaminated drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan – which is still ongoing – most people do not realize that lead service lines are widely used in every single state. Washington, D.C., where I live now, had even higher lead levels than Flint during a crisis 20 years ago, and the fight to remove lead service lines here continues to this day. In New York City , where I grew up, an estimated 1 in 5 people may be drinking water from lead service lines.

However, there is a critical opportunity right now for people who are waking up to the dangers of lead exposure and want to protect themselves and their loved ones from further exposure.  One way to do that is to change how our country regulates lead in drinking water. After decades of community advocacy and multiple lawsuits, including some filed by Earthjustice, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is currently in the middle of revising regulations that govern how water systems across the country monitor for lead contamination and how fast they must remove lead service lines. The agency’s rule will also decide whether low-wealth communities with the most lead service lines bear most of the financial burden for this rule.

The EPA is currently taking input from the public. Every voice matters in this fight for environmental justice, and you should not have to continuously worry about the health and safety of your family. Tell the EPA to act swiftly to finalize the most protective standards possible so that people across the country are no longer endangered by hidden lead.

Here is what Earthjustice and our community partners are asking EPA to do in their new regulation:

Remove the exceptions to the 10-year lead pipe removal mandate: The most important part of EPA’s action is their requirement that most places remove all lead service lines within ten years. However, under the proposal, the places with the most lead service lines or high concentrations of these lead pipes might potentially have decades of compliance extensions available. This is unjust and unneeded.

Remove the “access” loophole: The EPA’s mandate states that water systems must replace all lead service lines that they have physical or legal access to. However, its definition can leave out large numbers of lines and leave them in the ground in perpetuity, even though water systems can almost always access plumbing and water on a property in emergencies (like serious line breaks or, say, lead contaminations).

Require water systems fully pay for the removal of lead service lines: The proposed rule fails to mandate that water systems pay for removal of the entire lead service line. Removal of lead pipes can cost thousands of dollars, and putting a disproportionate financial burden on impacted low-wealth homeowners and renters will result in mostly wealthy and white neighborhoods having lead service lines replaced.

Public Education: “Right to know” reports, public notifications, and public education materials should include language that is clear about the possibility of lead exposure from drinking water even when the system as a whole is in compliance. Just because no law is broken doesn’t mean someone’s water is safe, and people should know what steps they can take to better protect themselves using filters.

Disasters Expo USA, is proud to be supported by Inergency for their next upcoming edition on March 6th & 7th 2024!

The leading event mitigating the world’s most costly disasters is returning to the Miami Beach

Convention Center and we want you to join us at the industry’s central platform for emergency management professionals.
Disasters Expo USA is proud to provide a central platform for the industry to connect and
engage with the industry’s leading professionals to better prepare, protect, prevent, respond
and recover from the disasters of today.
Hosting a dedicated platform for the convergence of disaster risk reduction, the keynote line up for Disasters Expo USA 2024 will provide an insight into successful case studies and
programs to accurately prepare for disasters. Featuring sessions from the likes of The Federal Emergency Management Agency,
NASA, The National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NOAA, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, TSA and several more this event is certainly providing you with the knowledge
required to prepare, respond and recover to disasters.
With over 50 hours worth of unmissable content, exciting new features such as their Disaster
Resilience Roundtable, Emergency Response Live, an Immersive Hurricane Simulation and
much more over just two days, you are guaranteed to gain an all-encompassing insight into
the industry to tackle the challenges of disasters.
By uniting global disaster risk management experts, well experienced emergency
responders and the leading innovators from the world, the event is the hub of the solutions
that provide attendees with tools that they can use to protect the communities and mitigate
the damage from disasters.
Tickets for the event are $119, but we have been given the promo code: HUGI100 that will
enable you to attend the event for FREE!

So don’t miss out and register today: https://shorturl.at/aikrW

And in case you missed it, here is our ultimate road trip playlist is the perfect mix of podcasts, and hidden gems that will keep you energized for the entire journey


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More