School Drinking Water/ Cadaver Leakage

Apr 26, 2017 by

Does a flesh-eating bacteria have a mentality?  Do the microbes that feed on oil-slicks in the sea possess a world-view? If so, they are part of a select group of loving things that have extraordinary tolerance for what is repellent.

Add to their ranks the intrepid folks who can swallow without gag or grimace the water from public school “fountains.”  Calling these plumbing fixtures “fountains” in the first place amounts to one of the all-time twisted misuses of the language of Shakespeare.

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You don’t need scientific training or a laboratory report to realize that there is something wrong with the water. One sip tastes like the leaking fluids from unattended cadavers, according to apocryphal sources. But the Department of Education would probably describe it with cherry-flavored language on tap from their publicity department: ” There is no link between taste and perceived quality of water from a safety standpoint.”

The DOE has more troops in its field of public relations than had the army in the field of battle at Normandy.  Perhaps they sense the need is greater. One never knows when the DOE’s defenders will have another skirmish with the truth.

Last week they insisted that there has not been a single case of lead poisoning attributable to schools’ drinking water. Clearly they seized on the opportunity to forget that the reason for that is that children are commonly tested for lead only prior to starting school and very rarely thereafter.

The absence of a test ensures a yield of no adverse test results. Now there’s a surprise!

A professor at Virginia Tech and the director of the Lead Poisoning Treatment and Prevention Center at the Children’s Hospital of one of New York City’s top medical centers characterizes the DOE’s spin as “outrageously unscientific arguments.”

Is 1000 times the limit of lead allowed by federal safety regulations all right with the Department of Education?  That was the finding at one Crown Heights elementary school. Other schools also had  stratospheric readings. Of the hundreds of elementary schools in the system, around 5 percent have drinking water levels of lead that demand immediate action. and among private operators of universal preK programs, the dire statistic is nearer 7 percent.

Any lead in children’s drinking water is excessive because it is hazardous. Moderation in the tolerance of avoidable potential brain damage is not a virtue.

It’s been suggested that US senators and members of Congress who rule on what level of health care access and neglect is acceptable for the rest of us, while they are guaranteed unrestricted availability to the finest on earth, should be forced to participate in the same plans as we are bound by.  I propose the same for the big cheeses at the DOE  as regards their drinking water.

Ron Isaac

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