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Infants who drink formula prepared
with lead-contaminated water may be
at a higher risk because of the large
volume of water they consume relative
to their body size.
Here is a letter to the editor of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel regarding the lead poisoning in Milwaukee children crisis that the politicians and media are ignoring. Check Lead Poison in Children More Than Flint for more detail.
Milwaukee seems to have money for a downtown trolley and for a new sports complex downtown. Yet the City of Milwaukee has 70,000 homes, mostly in low income communities, with lead lateral pipes that bring water from the main into homes. Recently I learned 8.6 percent of children tested in 2014 in Milwaukee “had blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter”, the level at which children are known to suffer health problems, according to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services” In Flint Michigan a test of children in 2015 found that 4.9 percent of children had similar blood lead levels.
The Mayor and Common Council have known about this issue of lead in water to our children for a long time. Yet in a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article on Jan. 27, 2016 the Mayor says that 5 miles of water main replacement is “on pause” while the public works and health officials plan how they will work with property owners to remove the lead service laterals throughout the city.
I have a suggestion: Mayor and Common Council put “on pause” the downtown trolley and city investment in the downtown sports complex. The health of our children is a priority over any trolley or building.
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