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Evers designates coordinator for state's lead efforts

Tuesday, July 30, 2019  
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Gov. Tony Evers signed an executive order Monday directing the Department of Health Services to designate a coordinator for the state's lead poisoning prevention efforts.

The order also directs all state agencies to address Wisconsin's lead crisis.

It asks DHS to provide necessary staffing and resources to support the efforts and promote collaboration among local health departments and community organizations.

Since 1996, more than 220,000 children have been identified by the department as having dangerous amounts of lead in their body, according to the order.

There are more than 176,000 lead service lines providing drinking water to homes, schools and childcare facilities. More than 350,000 older homes in the state have lead paint hazards.

"We know that it will take a collaborative effort to ensure that everyone is able to drink clean water from their tap, and I look forward to working with DHS and folks around the state to support this important step forward," Evers said in a statement. 


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