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Testimony: Safe School Drinking Water Act 2021

Maryland PIRG and Environment Maryland
Last updated: 3/9/2021

We would like to thank Delegate Solomon and Senator McCray for introducing this bill, and for putting in so much work over the last 3 years. A version of this bill passed the House in 2019 and the Senate in 2020. This year let’s get it done.
Since 2017, we have said we should have a more health protective action level for lead in school drinking water. We strongly support this bill to lower the action level to 5ppb. Our children need safe drinking water – especially at school where they go to learn and play. Unfortunately, lead is contaminating drinking water at schools in Maryland. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that school drinking water sources not exceed 1 part per billion.

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