The proposed legislation would require schools to replace outlets with lead in drinking water
Lawmakers in Massachusetts have proposed legislation to improve drinking water quality in schools by targeting lead. The proposed legislation would require schools and childcare centers to test drinking water outlets annually for lead contamination.
Additionally, the proposed legislation would require schools to shut off drinking water outlets that reveal elevated lead levels in at least two sets of certified test results, reported The Associated Press. Any fountains that revealed elevated lead levels would then be replaced with filtered bottle-filling stations.
Under the legislation, public water systems would have three years to fully replace lead service lines at every school district and childcare center in their district. A Lead in School Drinking Water Trust Fund would be developed to help school districts meet the requirements of the new legislation.
So far, dozens of lawmakers in both the House and Senate have signed on to co-sponsor the legislation, reported The Associated Press.