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Water Quality Association responds to report of lead in Nashville schools' drinking water

Lead fact sheet offers answers to FAQs


LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) is offering a fact sheet to answer frequently asked questions about lead in drinking water in response to a new report of high levels of lead found in Nashville schools. WQA supports Tennessee House Bill 631 as well as federal legislation to require testing for lead in schools.

The Lead fact sheet can be found here.


Concerns about water quality among Americans have increased over the past two years, according to a new national public opinion study, with a significant jump in the number of homeowners who expressed concern about possible health risks associated with tap water (29%) compared with just two years ago (12%). Thirty-six percent of those surveyed said they are concerned about contaminants in their water, up from 25% in 2015.


Conducted in January and February of 2017, the study by Applied Research-West, Inc. on behalf of WQA, also found that more than a quarter of households (28%) were somewhat or very dissatisfied with the quality of their household water, also up from 2015 (26%).


WQA recommends homeowners with concerns about their water have their water tested by a water treatment professional or certified lab. Water treatment professionals can be found using WQA's Find Water Treatment Providers tool. WQA recommends treatment products that have been certified. Consumers can visit WQA’s product certification listings to search WQA’s database of certified products and professionals.


How the survey was conducted: The report presents the findings of a national online survey conducted by Applied Research-West, Inc. between February 1-February 15, 2017.  A total of 1,711 adults over the age of 18 and living in private households were interviewed.  ARW used a random sampling procedure and the survey results.