About COGDoing Business with COGHuman ResourcesContact UsSite Map
August 20, 2019
Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
Housing & Planning
Health & Human Services
Homeland Security & Public Safety
Cooperative Purchasing
Information & Publications
Events Calendar
Committee Business
News Room
News Room

Regional Commitment to Water Quality and Safety

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought national attention to the problem of lead in drinking water. About 15 years ago, the metropolitan Washington region faced a similar crisis. In the early 2000s, DC Water exceeded the Environmental Protection Agencys threshold for lead levels under the Lead and Copper Rule. Although the District of Columbia and all regional drinking water utilities are in compliance with safe water regulations, the renewed concern and awareness has prompted utilities to review actions and communications.

The following is a compilation of resources available from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) to provide area officials and residents with additional information on the topic of water quality and safety, including the issue of lead in water.

COG Programs

Through several initiatives and programs, COG works with regional leaders to coordinate and support drinking water specific policy, communications, and research. For example, COG created TapIt a water bottle refilling network of more than 750 partners connecting people to clean sustainable water on the go in the DC Region. Additionally, Protect Your Pipes a partnership with COG and local water supply and wastewater members educates citizens to preserve source water and water infrastructure. COG also coordinates water quality monitoring for water utility distribution systems and source water.

Helpful Links

Lead and Drinking Water: Update on the Metropolitan Washington Region PowerPoint Presentation

Lead in Water Basics: How lead gets in drinking water, health effects, and more

Lead and Water in the News

The Washington Post
D.C.s decade-old problem of lead in water gets new attention during Flint crisis

NBC-4 Washington
Flint Crisis Dredges Up DC's Own Era of Unsafe Water

Before Flint: D.C.s drinking water crisis was even worse

As Water Infrastructure Crumbles, Many Cities Seek Private Help

Washington Times
Flint water crisis prompts fear, demands in D.C., nationwide

NY Daily News
Water crisis in Washington, D.C., will eventually be '20-30 times worse' than in Flint, expert says

The Washington Post
Its not just Flint. Lead taints water across the U.S., EPA records show

USA Today
Got lead in your water? It's not easy to find out


Release Date: Apr 6, 2016

Lead and Water Presentation

MWCOG.org - Homepage | Search | Transportation | Environment
Health & Human Services | Housing & Planning | Homeland Security & Public Safety
Cooperative Purchasing | Publications | Events Calendar
Committee Business | News Room | About COG | Doing Business With COG
Human Resources | Contact Us | Site Map | Privacy Policy | Accommodations Policy

777 North Capitol Street, NE • Suite 300 • Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202.962.3200 • Fax: 202.962.3201


Press Releases
News Highlights
COG's Metropolitan Memo Newsletter
Social Media, Blogs, Video, and Podcasts
Contact Us