Sep 22, 2016

New York State Schools Required to Test for Lead

Recent legislation improves supervision of drinking water quality

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New York state Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that requires schools in the state of New York to test their drinking water for lead contamination. The legislation requires school districts to report test results to local and state officials and parents. 

Elementary schools must complete the tests by the end of September, and schools for older children must complete the tests by the end of October. Schools that can document they already have conducted tests can apply for waivers. Schools with high levels of lead will have to develop plans to fix the problem.

Cuomo said that the mandate will make New York the first state to conduct statewide inspections.

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