Tap water is affected by lead residues still found in the water pipe system in D.C. Although the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority (“WASA”) declared recently that 2,800 lead service pipes will be replaced over the next year where old pipelines still remain, this does not necessarily mean all other residences and universities in the Washington area are free from contaminated water. American University (“AU” or the “University”) ran tests in March 2004 when elevated lead levels in the Washington area made headline news. Soon thereafter, the University issued a statement that the campus was not served by the water service lines reported to be a threat. However, test results still showed that taps on campus that had not been used for six to eight hours had lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) action limits.
Frank-Meltzer, Molly. "Focus on AU: Institutional Response to the D.C. Lead Water Controversy." Sustainable Development Law & Policy, Winter 2005, 72.