Schoolchildren exposed to drinking water containing dangerous levels of lead

Press/Media: Expert Comment

Period14 Jul 2023

Media contributions


Media contributions

  • TitleSchoolchildren exposed to drinking water containing dangerous levels of lead
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletThe I News
    Media typePrint
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionTristan Sturm, associate professor of human geography at Queen’s University Belfast, said there needs to be a national debate in the UK about the issue. He said: “We need to do the necessary testing, but the most important thing we can do is eradicate the lead pipes and replace them responsibly.

    “It’s expensive but research has shown over and over that it increases our productivity, reduces stress on our health providers, the prison systems and the police and, of course, we have a right as a society not to be affected by the legacies of lead.

    “Without proper testing and the replacement of pipes, our schools are complicitly producing the next generation of children who might suffer debilitating harm relative to their unexposed peers.

    “The concern is that while we are not taking much action, children are being damaged on a generational level. We are supposed to provide them with a safe environment and not poison them.”
    Producer/AuthorDean Kirby
    PersonsTristan Sturm