Rep. Howse Welcomes Unified Approach To Fighting Lead Contamination
Says community leaders at every level must work together to ensure safe drinking water

State Rep. Stephanie Howse (D-Cleveland) today applauded U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) call for a unified response to evidence of elevated lead levels in the water at multiple Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) buildings: 

“The responsibility to protect our children should not simply fall on the backs of the school district. It’s up to us—leaders at the local, county, state and federal level—to step up and see that critical resources are readily available to not only protect and prevent, but to assist families of children that have been affected by lead poisoning.                            

“Today, Senator Brown discussed the elevated levels of lead found in the pipes and water fixtures throughout CMSD and how important it is that we remedy this troubling situation immediately. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to take a comprehensive approach to protect our children from the dangerous effects of contaminated water. I encourage all Ohio legislators to work toward this goal swiftly and urgently.

“I look forward to and welcome any opportunities to work with community leaders and stakeholders to make sure that our drinking water is not added to the list of hindrance’s for our children’s future.”

Following concerns surrounding water contamination in Flint, MI and other cities across the country, CMSD voluntarily tested more than 5,000 water samples. The subsequent report found that over 582 samples were above the Environmental Protection Agency’s safe drinking water standards.

The full report can be found here.

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