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Connecticut Receives A- From Environmental Defense Fund For Lead Pipe Disclosure Policies for Homebuyers

CT 1 of Only 3 States to Achieve the Highest Grade from EDF

The state Departments of Consumer Protection (DCP) and Public Health (DPH) announced that Connecticut has received a grade of A- in a new report issued by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) grading all 50 states on lead pipe disclosure policies.  Connecticut was one of only three states to receive the highest grade awarded, while 20 states received a D or F.

The report evaluated each state’s lead pipe disclosure policy and its ability to help homebuyers make informed decisions about lead service lines prior to purchasing a home.  Lead service lines (LSLs) are lead pipes that carry water from the street to homes and other buildings and are the largest source of lead in drinking water.  Connecticut, Delaware and New York were the only three states that require mandatory disclosure of lead pipes to homebuyers.

“Our homes are often the most valuable purchase we make in our lifetime.  They can be the most expensive, in need of the most upkeep and repair, a place where we raise our families, make memories, and one of the most emotionally valuable,” said Consumer Protection Commissioner Jonathan A. Harris.  “We’re proud of the work we’ve done in Connecticut to make sure families know what they’re purchasing when they commit to buying their home.  Connecticut has paved the way for the rest of the country when it comes to protecting public health and safety, and we look forward to continuing our work with businesses and homeowners to improve even more.”

“The safety of Connecticut’s drinking water has long been a priority for the State and the Department of Public Health, and we are proud that our efforts have been recognized by the Environmental Defense Fund,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino.  “Even at low levels, lead can cause lifelong developmental damage in infants and children who are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure.  Homebuyers should have all the facts regarding lead pipes before they purchase a home so that they can make the best, most informed decision for the health and wellbeing of their family.”

Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of corrosion of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and plumbing.  These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass and chrome plated faucets, and in some cases, pipes made out of lead.  Lead levels can be reduced by replacing fixtures and piping that may be contributing lead to the water.

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