Bill Mandating Tests for Lead in Water at California Schools Heads to Governor
Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher Bill Would Require Schools to Notify Parents of Unsafe Water Sources
SACRAMENTO – (Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017) – California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) today won final Legislative approval of her bill requiring that public schools test for lead in their water, a common-sense measure that will help protect kids and keep parents informed of health risks. The bill now heads to the Governor, who has until Oct. 15 to sign or veto it.
Assembly Bill 746 was approved by the full Assembly on a unanimous 60-0 vote after winning Senate approval on Sept. 12 by a unanimous vote of 39-0.
“The Legislature’s overwhelming support speaks for itself,” Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher said. “Kids in our schools shouldn’t be drinking lead. This is basic common sense. The science leaves no doubt that consuming even the tiniest amount of lead isn’t safe. And parents should know if their children are exposed to this danger.”
The bill will require public schools to test for lead in their water supplies and notify parents if this testing discovers any lead. The problem of lead in school drinking water is hardly theoretical. In recent months, several San Diego-area schools have discovered lead contamination in their water. La Mirada Elementary School in San Ysidro announced that water at the school tested positive for lead contamination. Shortly after, contaminated water was discovered at Emerson-Bandini Elementary (which shares a campus with the charter school San Diego Cooperative 2). Alarmingly, the contamination in drinking water was only discovered incidentally. Contractors working at La Mirada noticed discoloration in the water and suggested school administrators have it tested. The contamination at Emerson-Bandini was only brought to light after a service dog refused to drink water at the school
Even the slightest trace of lead in water is unsafe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.
For more information on this issue or to schedule an interview with Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher, contact Alex Roth at 619-228-3253.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher represents California’s 80th Assembly District, located in southern San Diego County, including the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, and National City. She serves as Chair of the Assembly Committee on Appropriations, Chair of the Assembly Select Committee on Women in the Workplace, and Vice Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus. For more information on Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher visit https://a80.asmdc.org/