An Act Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Schools

fact sheet S.580 and H.906

Lead is a potent neurotoxin that affects how our children develop, learn, and behave.  Yet, according to the Department of Environmental Protection more than half of the 43,000 taps tested from 980 schools across Massachusetts have tested positive for lead.
Bill Title: An Act Ensuring Safe Drinking Water in Schools H 906 & S 580
Lead Bill Sponsors: Representative Lori Ehrlich and Senator Joan Lovely
This bill protects children’s health by getting the lead out of the water at all schools and child care centers by
requiring: the removal of lead service lines, the largest single source of lead in water; the installation of lead certified filters or water filling stations; and the testing of water at schools regularly. The bill establishes a health-based lead level standard for schools and day care centers of 1ppb and requires the immediate shut-off of outlets with elevated levels of lead.

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