PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center

Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School

Posted on March 6, 2017

An analysis by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center gave Pennsylvania a grade of “F” when it comes to preventing lead in drinking water in the Commonwealth’s schools.

“Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but Pennsylvania is failing to protect our kids from lead in drinking water,” said Stephanie Wein. “Kids’ developing brains are especially susceptible to highly toxic lead so it’s time to get the lead out.”

As more Pennsylvania schools from Pittsburgh to Philadelphia take steps to test their water, they are finding lead in the test results.

Yet a new report by the PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center shows that such confirmed cases of lead-laced water are likely just the tip of the iceberg. For example, when 40 schools were recently tested in Philadelphia, 14 percent exceeded 15ppb, which is especially troubling when you consider no level of lead is safe.

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