lead in school drinking water
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— according to the lead testing data from the Department of Environmental Protection, more than half of the 43,000 taps tested from 980 schools across Massachusetts between 2016-2018 tested positive for lead.
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.