OLYMPIA, Wash. — A bill to protect kids from lead in school drinking water has been introduced by Rep. Gerry Pollet in Olympia.
HB 1860 would require schools to notify parents when tests detect lead levels at 1 part per billion (ppb), and to fix water outlets where lead levels reach 5 ppb or higher.
According to medical literature cited by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) more than 24 million children in America are at risk of losing IQ points due to low levels of lead.
“Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but Washington is failing to protect our kids from lead in drinking water” said Steven G. Gilbert, PhD, DABT, INND (Institute of Neurotoxicology & Neurological Disorders).
Over the past two years, Environment Washington has released analysis of Washington State’s efforts to address lead drinking water contamination, which gave Washington State a failing grade.
According to Environment Washington they have also worked with state legislators to improve Washington state statutes regarding lead in school drinking water and have issued a toolkit for parents to address local lead issues.
“Here in the 21st century, it is astounding that the water our children drink is sometimes laced with lead - a toxic substance that damages our children’s health, learning, and development,” said Bruce Speight, Environment Washington Director. “We thank Rep. Pollet for introducing this important bill to put our schools on track to get the lead out.”