IAPMO Contributes to WHO Global Call to Action on Lead in Drinking Water

WASHINGTON, September 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Lead exposure from drinking water systems is a major challenge facing countries around the world, but it can be solved. The World Health Organization (WHO) recently published global orientation address this critical situation which focuses on specific actions that countries can take to reduce the threats that lead poses to public health in their systems and to prevent the future use of lead-containing parts in water systems .

The guidance emerged from a nearly two-year effort by a working group that included the University of North Carolina, World Vision International, UNICEF and WHO. The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO®) was a member of the Technical Advisory Group, providing technical assistance to support the assessment and management of lead contamination in drinking water supplies.

“We know the potential dangers associated with the presence of lead and other contaminants in drinking water. However, we also know that it can be solved in communities around the world,” said the water technical manager , Sanitation, Hygiene and Health from WHO. Jennifer From France. “This technical brief takes an important step in showing communities around the world what needs to be done to eliminate lead in their drinking water and how to do it.”

Lead poisoning kills 900,000 people worldwide each year and the WHO estimates that 30% of the global burden of developmental intellectual disability of unknown origin is due to lead. Water supply systems are only one source of global lead exposure. Children and pregnant women are most vulnerable to adverse health outcomes, even at low levels of lead exposure. Some of the risks cited by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) include damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, learning disabilities, shorter height, hearing impairment, and impaired cell formation and function. blood.

“The technical dossier is an important step forward,” said Dr. Aaron SalzbergDirector of the Water Institute at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “This represents years of WHO’s work with technical experts, governments, stakeholders and many other partners to bring together the best advice on how we can deliver lead-free drinking water services. The guide shows how it can be done It is not The next step is to get donors, governments and community leaders to step up and commit to taking action to prevent and address lead exposure and other toxic metals in their communities, especially in drinking water.

In view of these important issues, there is an urgent need to eliminate lead by all possible means, as indicated by the WHO in the guidelines titled “Lead in drinking water: health risks, monitoring and corrective actions.” The WHO suggests six actions to take if high levels of lead are detected in drinking water and recommends actions that stakeholders – regulators, water suppliers, hand pump operators and installers, plumbers , homeowners and consumers – can take to reduce exposure to lead in drinking water.In particular, the guidelines include sections on the importance of certified plumbing products and the need for more trained plumbers.

“We are proud to have contributed our scientific plumbing expertise to this important WHO breakthrough,” said Dain Hansen, IAPMO’s Executive Vice President of Government Relations. “Keeping people safe around the world is a core mission of IAPMO and working alongside global water experts to produce this technical guide means the message is getting out there.” Hansen added that IAPMO had published a guide to eliminating lead to help US owners, facility managers and policy makers take corrective action if needed.

IAPMO R&T was one of the first third-party certification bodies in North America to offer listings to various low-lead standards and laws, first introduced in 2008, and certifies point-of-use and point-of-entry water filtration products for the reduction of lead in the potable water. IAPMO has also been an active participant in the EPA’s rulemaking process on the “Use of Lead-Free Pipe, Fittings, Accessories, Solder, and Flux for Drinking Water” and submitted many comments for consideration.

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