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Texas House should move bill to test lead levels in school water

from Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In 2014, the city of Flint, Mich., switched its water source to the Flint River, leading to a massive public health crisis owing to increased levels of lead in the blood of children. Two years later and 1,200 miles away, school administrators in the Fort Worth Independent School District discovered high levels of lead in many of their schools after voluntary testing of water from drinking fountains. Wanting to avoid a crisis like the one in Flint, state Rep. Nicole Collier, D-Fort Worth, began to craft legislation similar to a bill that passed in New York last year — one that brought to light that 14 percent of schools in that state had high levels of lead in their water. Last week, Collier's bill passed unanimously out of the House Public Education Committee. House Bill 2395 aims to address the problem of safe drinking water for schoolchildren across Texas. more


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