Support the TEST for Lead Act
The problem of contaminated drinking water was thrust into the national spotlight with the crisis in Flint, Michigan. But the lead problem in Flint is only the tip of the iceberg. Lead contamination is an issue at hundreds of school districts around the country.
Lead exposure can cause serious health and developmental problems - especially when children are exposed at a young age. That's why it's critical that schools test their water regularly, identify problems early on, and immediately implement measures for remediation.
Unfortunately, many schools don't routinely test their water and there is no requirement for them to do so. Even if they do conduct tests, they may withhold the results from the public.
The TEST for Lead Act, introduced by Congressman Donald Payne, Jr, seeks to remedy some of these problems. It would add requirements for schools to conduct regular water testing if their state receives federal funds under the Safe Drinking Water Act, and it would also mandate that districts notify parents if elevated lead levels are found.
This is a small but important step that we can take to deal with this issue. Write to your Congressman today and express your support for this legislation - and for ensuring that every child has access to clean, safe drinking water.