February 01, 2005

Crapo, D.C. Mothers Meet To Discuss Concerns Over D.C. Water

High lead levels lead to resident meeting, Senate hearing

Washington, DC â?? Idaho Senator Mike Crapo, chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water, will meet with representatives from four D.C. neighborhood groups tomorrow to discuss the recent discovery of high lead levels in D.C. water. Crapo, whose subcommittee has jurisdiction over the Safe Drinking Water Act, will meet at a local residentâ??s Capitol Hill home in preparation for a hearing that his subcommittee will hold on Wednesday.â??Clean water is everyoneâ??s priority,â?? Crapo said. â??Not only does the public need to know that the government is working to improve the safety of their water, but also that they will be informed when there is a problem. Improving the safety of our drinking water, protecting the environment by improving our clean water infrastructure, and keeping the public informed on the quality of their water are some of the most important efforts federal and local governments can make.â??Tomorrowâ??s meeting will begin at 2:15 p.m. at the home of one of the participants, Katherine Funk, 116 11th Street, SE (corner of Lincoln Park). Neighborhood associations expected to be represented at the meeting include: Logan Circle, Capitol Hill, and Bloomingfield, as well as another association from Northwest. D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams and Senator Jim Jeffords, ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, have also been invited. Camera crews should plan to arrive at the house by 2:00 p.m. to set up. The Senate Fisheries, Wildlife, and Water subcommittee will hold a hearing regarding the D.C. water issue the following day, Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at 2:30 p.m. in Room 406 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.# # #