Campaign Targets Reduction Of Lead Pollution In Schools

Great Water Tech, a St. Paul, Minn. water technology company, has launched their new “Test and Treat” initiative. “Test and Treat” was developed in response to the increasing number of state legislatures that are working to address the issue of lead contamination in schools across the nation. Since the Flint, Mich. water crisis, lead pollution has come under increasing scrutiny, especially in our nation’s older neighborhoods and educational facilities.

“We applaud the legislative institutions for addressing this grave health issue for our children. From California, to Illinois, to states on the East Coast, elected officials recognize the need to provide a healthy and safe environment for children to learn,” said Patrick Rosenstiel, EVP of Sales and Marketing at Great Water Tech. “I’m a parent myself and I want assurances that my children’s school drinking water is clean, safe, and lead-free. We are eager to be part of the solution, helping schools to address the issues of lead contamination when they are found.”

The “Test and Treat” Campaign, using Folmar Pipe Protection – a NSF 60 certified, silicate-based corrosion and scale inhibitor – is a safe, proven, reliable, and cost-effective solution to lead contamination in our nation’s schools. As part of this initiative, schools can implement Folmar Pipe Protection in their facilities for as little as $232 per month, providing non-invasive, building-wide protection that surpasses EPA lead and copper standards. This is a quick and efficient solution that mitigates costly removal of pipes. Implementation time is 12-15 weeks with the initial 30 customers having fully treated systems in their schools by fall 2017. As an added incentive, there are no payments for three months after entering into a two-year contract.

Wolf Merker, CEO of Great Water Tech stated, “Providing economical options to school districts is why we have launched this campaign. Replacing building plumbing is not only expensive, but unnecessary! My hope is that because of the limited economic impact of the “Test and Treat” campaign school districts will NOT be forced to choose between clean safe drinking water for students and funding for after-school programming, school lunches, iPads, or other educational necessities.” He continued, “Research shows that even low levels of lead exposure affect the cognitive development of children. With Folmar Pipe Protection, schools are able to quarantine this extremely toxic element, providing clean and safe drinking water, which in turn benefits children’s abilities to learn. Proper hydration is an important part of maintaining focus and cognitive development. We want to offer a solution that provides best-in-breed technology to solve lead contamination.”

Folmar Pipe Protection is a silicate-based corrosion and scale inhibitor for drinking water systems. It has extensive use history in Europe and other places dating back to 1984. Folmar Pipe Protection is non-toxic, biologically inert, mineral-based, and replaces phosphates. It can be added to the water anywhere in the system with full downstream effect.

Folmar Pipe Protection is effective on all metal surfaces, including residential plumbing and appliances, and additionally protects concrete surfaces of liners, clearwells, and other reservoirs, when used system-wide.