Protecting Students’ Drinking Water in Colorado Schools


(May 10) – After concurring with Senate amendments, the House again approved a bill by Reps. Barbara McLachlan and Tony Exum Sr. to support testing for lead in public school drinking water with a 45-20 vote.

“I’m so happy that students in Colorado will know that they’re drinking clean water,” said Rep. McLachlan, D-Durango. “It’s a great thing we can do for education and our kids’ future.”

“There is no safe level of lead in drinking water for children,” said Rep. Exum, D-Colorado Springs. “Testing is a good thing and I’m grateful this bipartisan bill will help to ensure safer drinking water for our children.”

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.

The bill now continues to the governor’s desk.



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