Water Quality Testing CEO: Drinking Water Quality, Public Health and Water Affordability Should Be the Agenda of Elected Officials at the Federal, State and Local Level.
Posted on July 31, 2019
Posted on July 31, 2019 120Water
At each level, we need to support the data platforms and programs for our citizens and our children.
FLINT MI, July 31, 2019 — Water Quality Testing Expert, 120Water CEO Megan Glover issued the following statement for Elected Officials at all levels of government: The Water Crisis in America has become a national debate among serious presidential candidates, from aging water infrastructure and the 27% increase in water main breaks, to drinking water quality concerns like Lead (Pb) contamination for over 18 million, as well as the increase in other waterborne diseases.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) governs Federal drinking water standards in the US. The Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) is among one of the 90+ contaminants primacy agencies and public water systems are tasked with regulating. However, since the lead in water crisis of Flint, MI, federal and state policymakers and regulators have seen an existential shift in drinking water industry that is driving policy reform, infrastructure replacements and redefining what it means to be a public water system providing safe drinking water to the public.
120Water’s first-of-its-kind technology is drawing interest from states, cities and municipalities across the nation that are facing challenges with lead service-lines and other hazards related to clean drinking water. 120Water’s platform is used in states like Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Indiana, Colorado, Ohio and Texas as concerns about aging water infrastructure ramp up across the nation and drive more state regulations to ensure safe drinking water. 120Water previously worked with the state of Indiana to test drinking water in more than 700 schools across the state with thousands of water fixtures.
Megan Glover, chief executive officer of 120Water explains “the federal government needs to understand that two of the most prominent challenges states and communities face with implementing lead service-line replacement are funding and data management. As we grow across the nation, we’re getting an inside education on how states are developing creative approaches to fund lead service-line replacement and lead-testing in communities, and our Software and Kits have proven to be a highly effective tool in managing the disparate data related to those projects. Our platform takes the information-management process — which is a big hurdle in implementing regulations correctly – and brings it into the 21st century in ways that are flexible and adaptable to each state’s protocols.”
Currently, many water utilities use a series of complicated Excel spreadsheets to keep track of and prioritize the replacement of lead drinking-water pipes and service lines. 120Water’s platform will streamline lead service-line replacement using geographic, demographic, and customer data that is crucial to pinpoint properties that need to be addressed and are critical to ensuring that the city’s investment of funding and manpower achieves regulatory compliance. 120Water’s platform enables utilities to better manage their service-line inventory.
120Water works with Federal and State Government Agencies tasked with executing existing Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) programs. In addition, we work with new voluntary or mandated lead programs such as: Lead Sampling in Schools, Enhanced Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) policy, Lead Service Line Inventory and Replacement (LSLR).