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State Laws Concerning Lead Testing in School Drinking Water
Presented by Anisa Heming, Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
Join Anisa Heming from the Center for Green Schools as she discusses the findings from a recently-released analysis of state laws related to lead in school drinking water. A 2018 survey by the Government Accountability Office found that 43% of school districts had tested water outlets for lead, while 41% of districts had not tested, with the remaining 16% not knowing whether or not they had tested. After the water crisis in Flint, MI in 2014, state lawmakers in 15 states around the country wrote laws to attempt to close a regulatory gap that left many school drinking water unmonitored and untested. Now that many of these laws have been in effect for a couple of years, the Center has taken a look at which approaches were most effective and the lessons that additional states can take from these early laws.
- Explain the gap between federal, state, and local regulations that results in school drinking water going untested for lead and other contaminants.
- Educate parents and community members about lead testing requirements and resources.
- Understand which states have passed laws related to lead testing in school drinking water and the major features of each law.
- Educate parents and community members about the role of schools, districts, offices of public health, and state lawmakers in ensuring healthy and safe drinking water.