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Officials to Explain Hazards of House Office Drinking Water

Congressional staff invited to briefing after elevated lead levels found

Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., demanded more information on the extent of the health hazard on the congressional campus . (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Officials with the Architect of the Capitol will answer questions about the severity of contaminated drinking water on the congressional campus in three meetings today after repeated requests from Florida Republican Dennis A. Ross.  

[Water in House Office Building Too Dangerous to Drink] The discussions are scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. in the Cannon House Office Building. Earlier this week AOC banned staff in Cannon from using drinking fountains and office filtration units after spotting elevated levels of lead in recent test samples.  

“The briefings will provide you with information regarding the elevated lead samples reported this week and what steps are being taken to address the concerns and protect the building occupants,” congressional administrators wrote to staff.  

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