Lead in water at US House office prompts questions

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional officials have found lead in the drinking water of a House office building, and a Florida lawmaker is demanding answers.

The office of the Architect of the Capitol informed lawmakers Tuesday that lead levels in the drinking water of the historic Cannon Building “are slightly above the (Environmental Protection Agency) standard.”

Republican Rep. Dennis Ross dashed off an irate letter to House officials demanding to know how much lead is in the water and asking for free tests to measure lead in the people who’ve been drinking the water.

Lead can be especially harmful to unborn children and Ross noted that there are pregnant women who have been drinking the water in the Cannon Building for years.