2019 - Statewide Victory

Gov. Evers issues an executive order addressing lead exposure in drinking water

Gov. Tony Evers took a step toward protecting children from the devastating effects of lead exposure by signing an executive order that created a new inter-agency coordinator. The removal and mitigation of toxic lead in our drinking water has been one of our priority issues for years.

Executive Order 36 created “a position within the Department of Health Services (DHS) to serve as the coordinator of the state’s efforts to address Wisconsin’s lead crisis through collaboration across state agencies and within the department.”

It also directed DHS to provide “all necessary staffing and resources to create collaboration among local health departments and community organizations to inform and protect Wisconsinites against the public health risks of lead poisoning.”