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A new mandate by the California Department of Education is requiring school drinking water systems test for lead contamination
On Feb. 1, the California Department of Education announced that California public schools built before 2010 are required to test drinking water systems for lead contamination. This announcement follows the recent passage of Assembly Bill 746, which requires community water systems across California to complete lead testing in buildings built prior to Jan. 1, 2010.
According to a press release by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, water quality testing must be completed by July 1, 2019. This marks a major upgrade from the previous standard by the California Water Resources Control Board which only required community water systems to test school drinking water when asked by school officials.
“Students need fresh water, nutritious meals, and regular physical activity to be ready to learn and succeed in class,” said Torlakson. “Cooperation with local water systems is critical to ensure proper testing.”