Senator Schumer calling for all schools to be tested for lead

Charles Schumer

NEW YORK (NEWS10) – How do you know if your children are consuming lead in their drinking water at school? The truth is we don’t.

Thursday, Senator Schumer said he wants the water in all schools tested. Many schools still have lead-lined pipes although the use of lead for pipes was banned in the 1980’s.

Schumer said schools do not test for lead at their many drinking water fountains because it cost about $50 per test. Schumer wants to pay for the testing from federal funds in the Clean water Act.

“The danger of lead poisoning is much greater in young kids. If it gets in the brain it can lead to developmental problems,” said Senator Schumer.

Schumer said the cost of water testing for large schools like Albany and Colonie would cost thousands of dollars because of many fountains in numerous schools.



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