Children who drink water from private wells at higher risk of lead exposure

Read the full story in The Guardian.

American children whose homes rely on private wells for drinking water are 25% more likely to have high lead levels in their blood than those with access to regulated community water services, according to new research.

The lead exposure is worse for poor and black children due to historic discriminatory public policies.

Associated journal article: Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, Michael Fisher, Allison Clonch, John M. MacDonald, Philip J. Cook (2020). “Children drinking private well water have higher blood lead than those with city water.” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 117 (29) 16898-16907; DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2002729117

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