S.456 is sponsored by state Sen. Joan Lovely, D-Salem, and state Rep. Lori Ehrlich, D-Marblehead, with 79 co-sponsors.
The push comes after voluntary testing by school districts last year found lead in around half the drinking fountains tested.
The bill would require the state’s public water systems to remove lead service lines from all schools, public and private, and early childhood care programs within three years. These are the lines that bring water into the school from an outside water supply, and lead lines are a major source of lead in drinking water.
The legislation would also require annual water testing in schools and early childhood programs. If elevated levels of lead are found, the school would have to shut off the fountain with the lead and fix the problem. The bill would require any school with elevated lead levels to install lead filters on faucets and fountains.
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