This week, Louis and John explore issues raised by Tainted Taps, an EdSource special report on the health threat from high levels of lead found in faucets and drinking fountains in some California school buildings. The state is testing water in schools under a new state law, with some eye-opening results.

Louis and John talk with EdSource reporter Nico Savidge, who gives an overview of the series, and with Dr. Jennifer Lowry, the chair of American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health and an expert on the effects of lead exposure on children. She argues that the state and federal standards for lead content in drinking water should be lowered. 

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The EdSource team that produced the report were reporter Nico Savidge, database reporter Daniel Willis, graphic artist Sunny Xie, web designer Justin Allen and editor Rose Ciotta.