lead in school drinking water

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Legislative Update:

A new draft of the bill, resolve S.2465 was reported out favorably from the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources, and Agriculture. 

A new draft of resolve S.2465 was reported out favorably from the Senate Rules Committee as S.2495. 

S.2495 was passed to be engrossed by the Senate on July 12, 2018 and referred to the Committee on House Ways and Means. 

Since the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan there has been a renewed focus on lead in drinking water. A recent voluntary round of tests uncovered shocking results in Massachusetts schools- 49.7% of tested schools found lead in their water. The program was voluntary so scores of other schools have not been tested.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin and can cause intellectual and developmental disabilities, stunted grown, hearing loss, and anemia. There is no safe level of lead for humans to ingest according to the EPA, and children are particularly at risk. This bill would create mandatory testing for schools, order known lead service lines to be replaced, and require that filters be installed at problem faucets.

This is an issue that affects people across the state. Our children deserve to have a safe place to learn and grow, and parents shouldn't have to wonder if they are drinking water at school that will harm their development.