Many Vermont schools and child care facilities are in older buildings, which means they are more likely to have lead in their plumbing. Because there is no safe level of lead in the body, and children absorb lead faster than adults do, it's important to ensure lead levels in drinking water are as low as possible. Fixing a lead in drinking water problem is often easy and low cost. Solutions can include replacing plumbing fixtures, removing redundant or seldom-used fixtures, and encouraging the use of centrally located, well-maintained bottle fill stations.
Legislation is currently being considered by the Vermont Legislature that will require schools to test lead levels in their drinking water and remediate where necessary. This law would build on the 2017 pilot project.
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