New bill aims to improve water quality in New York schools


A new bill aiming to improve drinking water quality in New York schools will soon be delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for approval after it passed in both the state senate and assembly.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Health Committee Chair Richard N. Gottfried announced Monday that the Assembly passed legislation to improve water quality in schools by strengthening water testing requirements for lead. That includes increasing the frequency of testing, removing testing exemptions, and lowering lead action levels.

“Experts agree that there is no safe level of lead for children, and high levels of lead can be even more devastating for them,” said Heastie, in a press release. ”This legislation would ensure that appropriate testing is done on a regular basis with no exceptions, and that the data collected is made public and any issues are remedied.”

The legislation would ensure that drinking water in schools is safe and free of lead contamination. Children are particularly vulnerable to the harmful effects of lead — and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization say there is no safe level of lead for children.

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Sillive, 29 June 2021