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OEC testifies in favor of stronger lead protections for drinking water

On Tuesday, April 26, OEC’s Melanie Houston spoke in support of House Bill 512. The bill would ensure stronger safeguards against lead in drinking water.

This issue resonates for Melanie on a personal level. Learn more about HB 512 and how it will help Ohioans. 

“When I was pregnant with my own precious daughter three years ago, I took every step I could to take to reduce her environmental exposure to toxins. I stayed away from smokers and I tried to eat just the right amount of fish. Little did I know that the water I was drinking while I was pregnant was a potential pathway for lead exposure, one which could risk my daughter’s future cognitive development and potentially affect the entire course of her life.

Thankfully, I live in a community (Grandview Heights) served by a public drinking water utility administered by the city of Columbus that is going above and beyond the federal minimum standards. But pregnant mothers and young children in Flint, Michigan and elsewhere have not been so fortunate. They have had to deal with the unthinkable.”

Read Melanie’s full testimony.

If you agree that no Ohio family should ever have to face this problem, please take a few moments to send this simple message to your state lawmaker.