(June 8) – Gov. John Hickenlooper this afternoon signed a bill by Reps. Barbara McLachlan and Tony Exum Sr. to support testing for lead in public school drinking water across Colorado.
“This is a great step forward for the students of Colorado,” said Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango. “Every student in this state deserves to know that they are drinking clean and safe water. It’s a great thing we can do for public health and for our kids’ futures.”
“There is no safe level of lead in drinking water for children and we owe to them to ensure their water is safe and clean,” said Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs. “Keeping our kids healthy and safe is my number one priority and this new law will help us do exactly that.”
HB17-1306 authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to establish a grant program to test for lead in drinking water in public schools. Priority would be given to the oldest elementary schools.