Bipartisan bill aids with lead testing in N Carolina schools

March 21, 2019

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina House members say bipartisan legislation helping school districts and child care centers test drinking water outlets for lead will help fix problems and ensure that children are in safe and healthy environments.

Legislators on Thursday discussed a bill ordering that tests be performed by mid-2021 in buildings constructed before 1961. Newer buildings would be tested later. The bill provides $8 million to help schools and centers test faucets and water fountains and provide alternate water supplies or filters when elevated lead levels are detected.

The group Environment North Carolina praised the effort while highlighting a national report giving North Carolina and 21 other states failing grades in addressing lead contamination. Recent testing in Charlotte-Mecklenburg and Guilford County schools discovered high lead levels with some drinking fountains and fixtures.