Thursday, March 10, 2016 by Greg White
The EPA can no longer be trusted to protect Americans from toxic lead in the water supply. In an effort to take over the EPA’s role, we are calling on the general public to submit water samples to be tested as part of a nationwide analysis of heavy metals in American tap water.
The project is being organized by the non-profit Consumer Wellness Center, with Lab Director Mike Adams. Hundreds of water samples have already been received. The origins of a few dozen samples have been processed, as you can see on this Google map.
You can now submit a water sample to be tested at the lab using this form on EPAwatch.org.[PDF] Water samples will be tested for lead and other toxic heavy metals using an ICP-MS instrument and EPA methodology 200.8. Results will be disclosed online for free. More results will be posted as more people submit their water samples.
In wake of the Flint, Michigan, water scandal, it is clear the EPA can no longer be relied upon to do its job. When the city of Flint decided to temporarily draw water from the Flint River, the EPA failed to alert the public that they were being poisoned with lead-contaminated water.
The aim of the project is to prevent similar incidents of water contamination from happening elsewhere in the country. Now that the process is open to the general public, you can submit water samples to us using this form: EPAwatch.org.[PDF]
New Jersey’s largest school district recently shut off the water fountains of 30 school buildings due to concerns over lead levels. As a result, we are specifically requesting water samples taken from public school water fountains. Water samples should be sent in Karter Scientific 50 mL centrifuge vials. They are cheap and can be purchased on Amazon here.
Here’s the map of water samples received and processed into inventory thus far: