Schools getting $2M to help test for lead in drinking water - Western Mass News - WGGB/WSHM

Schools getting $2M to help test for lead in drinking water

Posted: Updated:
(Western Mass News photo) (Western Mass News photo)

BOSTON (AP) - School districts that want to test for lead in their drinking water are getting a $2 million boost from the state.

The funding announced Tuesday will pay for technical assistance to help public schools sample their taps and water fountains. The testing will help identify results that show lead contamination over the federal action level.

Testing will focus on public school water fountains and fixtures used for food preparation.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker said the goal is to ensure a safe learning environment.

The $2 million will come out of the state's clean water trust and be administered by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.

The money could help more than 1,700 schools design water sampling programs and assist those schools that test high for lead resolve the problem.

Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Powered by Frankly
WSHM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WGGB/WSHM; Springfield, MA. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.