Getting the Lead Out of California Schools

On February 5, 2018, in Commentary, by Erik

California is focusing on providing cleaner water in their schools through new permitting laws and grants. Previous laws have disallowed the presence of lead in new installation, but did nothing in the way of requiring older pipes to be replaced. Water suppliers will now be required to collect samples from K-12 schools if requested. If contaminants in the water exceed the acceptable limits, the supplier must inform the school and meet with them to discuss how to correct it. The new grants cover several methods of providing clean water, up to and including system replacement.

Key Takeaways:

  • I agree with the fact that the safe drinking water actact, decided to focus onon certain pipes like lead pipes.
  • The affirmative duty also brought out that school sites should be properly tested for led for safety reasons at these sites.
  • The goal is now to replace drinking water fixtures such as filters,bottled or hauled water at private and public schools.

“Through legislative efforts over the past year and a half, California has established new permitting requirements and a grant program to address the issue of elevated lead levels in schools’ drinking water.”

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