U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer unveiled new legislation that would fund lead testing at daycare centers in New York State.
This is all in an effort to reduce and eliminate the amount of lead found in school drinking water.
This new bill will provide federal grants for daycare centers and schools that want to test their drinking water. The focus is towards daycare centers because the earlier that lead contamination is found, the better the odds are at preventing serious health consequences in the future.
“As child care providers, we have seen the devastating effects that high levels of lead have in children,” Executive Director of Chemung Valley Early Care and Learning Center Joy Overacker said. “Certainly, I don’t think there is any child care provider that doesn’t want to do everything possible to make sure the children are as safe as they can be, and that includes eliminating their exposure to lead.”
Toxic lead based pipes were not banned until 1986, and any building older than that may still be at risk. The results from this new bill is to protect students and those who may already be using contaminated water.
Daycare officials are hopeful this new bill will solve the lead contamination problems, and in return protect the children, as well as themselves.