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WATER

MORE THAN 40% OF SCHOOLS FAIL TO TEST FOR LEAD IN DRINKING WATER

In 2016, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that more than 40% of the schools in the U.S. failed to test for lead. If you are concerned about this, the best thing you can do is contact your elected officials in Washington and tell them about your conerns.

Last year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) released a searchable national drinking water database that provides information about contamination in the tap water of virtually every American. The GAO's report also provides guidance on what people can do to protect themselves and their families from the risks from lead in drinking water.

For school data, click here

For the national drinking water database, click here

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CONGRESS--DON'T REPEAL THE CLEAN WATER RULE

The House has passed a spending bill that, among other things, would repeal the Clean Water Rule, which helps protect the water that 1 in 3 Americans drink every day. It's not too late to stop this bill in the Senate, but action is needed this week.

The House Interior-Environment appropriations bill included numerous riders that would compromise our environment and our health--including a repeal of the Clean Water Rule.

Please tell your senators to keep the appropriations bill free of riders that threaten our land, water, air and wildlife.

Take action here!

The Clean Water Rule is only one rider. Others include:

--Weaken protections for endangered wildlife.

--Limit the federal government's ability to act on climate change.

--Defund the EPA's efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay.

--Block standards to reduce pollution emissions from medium and heavy duty trucks.

Your senators need to know that you won't stand for a budget that puts our environment at risk. Take action above now!

Thank you to Environment America for this information and link.

RESTORE THE STREAM PROTECTION RULE

Nearly 70% of Americans believe the federal government should be doing more to safeguard our bodies of water. One way to do that is to restore the Stream Protection Rule. This rule prohibited coal corporations from dumping waste into waterways and streams. Approximately 6,000 miles of American streams, including more than 50,000 acres of surrounding forests, have seen waste dumped in them by coal companies. Local ecosystems are devastated. Plus, toxic metals that are dumped into streams can have severe health impacts for those who come into contact with this water. We know this from Flint, Michigan. This needs to stop!

Tell your elected officials in Washington to defend our access to clean drinking water by bringing back this rule.

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--Question: Approximately how long does it take for a plastic water bottle to decompose?

Answer: According to the EPA, a plastic bottle takes 450 years to decompose. Differenct kinds of plastic can degrade at different times, but the average time for a plastic bottle to completely degrade is 450 years. By one estimate, approximately 50 billion bottles of water are consumed per year in the United States and around 200 billion bottles globally.

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--The majority of tap water contains plastic pollutants, according to an Orb Media study, which found synthetic fibers in 83% of 159 drinking-water samples from around the world. Scientists are unsure of the health implications.

--Find out about water in your area: http://water.epa.gov/drink/local/index.cfm

--Visit http://water.org