Water lead levels should concern Kansans

Aging water lines need to be replaced posthaste. Kansas has the third-highest number of lead pipes per capita in the nation.

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November 5, 2021 - 4:22 PM

According to a national study published by the American Medical Association last month, 65% of Kansas children have elevated levels of lead in their blood — 15 points higher than the national average.

There is no safe level of lead, per the Center for Disease Control.

Lead exposure, especially early in life, can lead to brain and nervous system damage, slow growth and development, and learning, behavior, hearing, and speech problems.

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