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COALITION OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HONORS BAKING SODA METHOD FOR GETTING LEAD OUT OF DRINKING WATER

 COALITION OF NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS HONORS BAKING SODA
 METHOD FOR GETTING LEAD OUT OF DRINKING WATER
 NEW YORK, Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- New York City announced yesterday that it will add a substance related to baking soda to its water supply in order to prevent lead in pipes from seeping into drinking water. Health experts estimate that drinking water accounts for one-fifth of lead poisoning cases nationwide.
 A similar process, the Arm & Hammer(R) Bicarbonate Method for Corrosion Control, has been selected by the National Environmental Awards Council, a coalition of 28 environmental organizations, for "Special Merit Recognition" in this year's National Environmental Achievement Awards. The Bicarb Method is being honored as an economical and easy-to-implement program for municipalities to significantly reduce lead and copper in drinking water.
 Lead and copper contamination in municipal drinking water is a serious health and environmental problem that affects as much as 40 percent of all Americans. The primary source of this contamination, particularly in areas with soft water and acid rain, such as New England, is the corrosion of lead service pipes or of lead solder used on copper plumbing.
 The Bicarb Method works by adding baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) to the water source in order to adjust the water's alkalinity and acidity, or pH. When the pH and other factors are maintained at optimum levels, an impermeable, protective film forms on the inside of the pipes, thus deterring lead from leaching into and contaminating the water.
 The city of Bennington, Vt., has employed the Bicarb Method for more than 15 years and reduced lead levels by up to 95 percent, allowing the city to easily comply with new federal water quality standards. The town of Fitchburg, Mass., has had similar results.
 Each year, the National Environmental Awards Council honors successful environmental programs from across the country that can be used by communities, businesses and governments to protect, restore and enhance the environment. In 1992, 62 programs from 33 states and the District of Columbia were honored with Special Merit Recognition.
 "We are pleased to honor the Bicarb Method," said Tina Hobson, executive director of Renew America, the environmental group that coordinates the Council. "This program sets a positive example that can help other communities meet similar environmental challenges."
 The Bicarb Method will be listed in Renew America's 1992 Environmental Success Index, a listing of successful corporate and industrial environmental programs.
 "This award demonstrates the environmental community's respect for the dramatic success of the Arm & Hammer Bicarb Method in helping to alleviate a major environmental and health hazard," said Bryan M. Thomlison, Church & Dwight's director of environmental management. "And it also attests to the amazing properties of baking soda, which we are putting to work for the environment."
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