A father of twin boys filed a class-action lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court against WASA over the lead warning foul up, the Washington Post is reporting. John Parkhurst‘s two boys, the Post writes, “now 8, were toddlers when lead spiked to dangerous levels in the city’s drinking water from 2001 to 2004. They now have learning and behavior problems that require therapy and medication that the lawsuit said costs between $30,000 and $40,000 a year.” The Post had the scoop last week on the water issue.
The Post writes:
“The amount of lead in the District’s drinking water had been rising from 2001 until 2004, and reached levels that were the highest ever measures in tapwater in the United States. A January 2004 Post article made public the severity of the problem, which WASA, the D.C. Department of Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had known about for at least the previous year.”
The lawsuit leaves open the possibility that there will be other plaintiffs added to the case in the future. The number of plaintiffs seeking damages could be huge. DC Appleseed has been on the frontlines of this issue for some time. They’ve done tons of research that’s worth checking out.