When it comes to protecting school children from lead in their drinking water, Washington gets an F, according to an Environment Washington analysis.
On Jan. 26, Environment Washington’s Pam Clough joined the Speight family to testify on behalf of the Bruce Speight Bill, which addresses lead contamination in school drinking water. Environment Washington is working to advance the bill that would limit the amount of lead in drinking water to 5 parts per billion and honors the work of Bruce, who served as our state director until his passing in 2019.
“In 2021, many kids will be returning to in-person learning, but unfortunately, this means they may face another public health threat: lead in school drinking water,” said Pam. “It’s time we stop failing Washington’s kids and get the lead out of school drinking water.”
Pam added, “It’s especially heartening to see this bill moving forward, in large part because of Bruce’s work.”
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Photo: Environment Washington State Director Pam Clough testified as the group advocates for even more stringent standards, because there’s no safe level of lead. Credit: TVW