US schools are failing to protect kids from lead in drinking water, report finds. See more national education news here

| March 26, 2019

By CBS News

U.S. schools are not doing enough to protect students from drinking water contaminated with lead, according to a new report out from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG Education Fund. The report found “a pattern of widespread contamination of drinking water” at schools nationwide.

Just nine states and Washington D.C. have mandatory testing laws and there is currently no federal rule requiring schools to test their drinking water for lead if they get their water from a public water system, reports CBS News’ Anna Werner. A government study last year found only 43 percent of school districts said they test for lead in drinking water. About a third of those districts said they found elevated lead levels and many parents likely have no idea their children may be drinking it.

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