COLUMBUS (WCMH) — When Granville Schools discovered dangerous levels of lead in water from drinking fountains, the district acted quickly.
They dismantled the fountains, and gave blood tests to some of the district’s students.
Lead is a huge threat to schools and health officials say preventing poisoning is a priority.
Columbus City Schools also tested their water. All of the district’s 143 buildings met EPA requirements.
“However, at 16 locations, those tests were too close for our comfort,” said Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dr. Dan Good.
The testing is not required, but more and more school districts like Columbus are checking water, despite not having the money to do it; which is why Senator Sherrod Brown is introducing a new bill.
“No parent should ever have to worry, no matter who he or she is, the water coming out of the school drinking fountain might be poisoning their children,” said Brown.
Brown’s bill would help schools by providing a $100 million EPA grant, to help any school or daycare facility get money to test for lead.What others are clicking on: