New Bill Would Mandate Testing Water for Lead at All Schools
New legislation would require all school districts test for lead contamination in their water.
AB 746, authored by Assembly Member Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, comes in response to multiple cases of water testing positive for lead in San Diego. Just last month a service dog revealed lead in the water at schools In San Diego Unified.
AB 1316 introduced by Assembly Members Bill Quirk, D-Hayward, and Cristina Garcia, D- Bell Gardens, also aims to require lead testing but for children.
“Lead exposure has real consequences and it’s unacceptable that children and teachers could be poisoned by drinking from the water fountains at school. School districts need to be proactive in making sure their students and staff are drinking safe, lead-free water.” said Gonzalez Fletcher. “Protecting the health of our kids is our first priority, and right now, we don’t know if they are truly being protected from lead in their drinking water.”
The Assembly Education Committee will hear the bill next.