Get Lead Out of Public School Water Systems
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When a parent sends their kid to school, the last thing they should worry about is whether the water in a school's drinking fountain could be contaminated.
And yet at public schools nationwide, lead levels in water are not only higher than they should be -- they're dangerously high. Our schools have severely outdated infrastructure that is putting millions of kids at risk for drinking water contaminated with lead.
This year alone there have been 8 schools in Virginia, 5 in Austin, 16 in Tallahassee -- and the list goes on and on -- that have reported lead-tainted water. Schools in at least 20 states have reported lead contamination in their water, and yet only four states in the country require that schools test their water for lead.
More than 25 U.S. Senators have signed on to a proposal that would give funding to test lead in water in public schools around the country. Send a message to lawmakers that we need this testing to happen now.
Lead exposure has been linked to IQ loss, impaired hearing, impaired formation of blood cells, shorter stature, and learning disabilities, to name a few. Just a few years after 8,000 children in Flint, Michigan were exposed to lead contaminated water, school infrastructure across the entire country points to signs that millions more children may be at risk.
That's why we need immediate funding for testing of water in public schools, and where lead contamination appears, funding for filters and other preventative measures to make sure kids aren't exposed to lead in drinking fountains at school.
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