What’s in Our Water?

Recent reports of harmful levels of lead in drinking water in Newark, N.J., and Flint, Mich., have caused people across the nation to question whether their own water supplies are contaminated.

In Philadelphia, where some households have lead pipes, City Council was told that in cases where children were found to have lead exposure, drinking water was not the culprit. So is Philadelphia’s drinking water safe?

A panel of experts will discuss the issue on Tuesday, May 3, at the Academy’s next Town Square. The event, titled “What’s in Our Water?” is free and begins at 6:30 p.m. To register, visit our website.

The program opens with guest speaker Debra McCarty, the new Commissioner of the Philadelphia Water Department. She will be joined by a panel of experts including Lynn Thorp, National Campaigns Director for Clean Water Action, and Jerry Fagliano, MPH, PhD, Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Drexel University’s Dornsife School of Public Health.

Drinking water touches all aspects of public water supply, raising questions about aging infrastructure, source water quality, system management, and environmental justice. The speakers will discuss what is being done in Philadelphia and the region to protect drinking water.

Sponsored by Warren Environmental Counsel LLP.



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