FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Senate approves Millett bill to ensure safe drinking water in Maine schools
AUGUSTA — Legislation from Sen. Rebecca Millett, D-Cape Elizabeth, LD 153, “An Act To Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water,” received unanimous, bipartisan support in the Senate on Tuesday. The bill would help ensure safe drinking water in Maine schools.
“Safe drinking water is essential, because lead exposure can cause impaired development, especially in young growing minds,” said Sen. Millett. “That’s why I am pleased that my colleagues in the Senate have unanimously supported this important legislation.”
Currently, only schools that are on well water are required to test for lead contamination in drinking and cooking water. Sen. Millett’s bill would require all schools to test for lead contamination in drinking and cooking water, to the extent that the Department of Health and Human Services can provide necessary funds and resources to the school for the testing.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, children who are exposed to lead can suffer damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems.
The bill faces further votes in the Maine Senate and House.