Bill Would Require Childcare Centers to Test Drinking Water for Lead

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Public schools and childcare centers within public schools must already test their drinking water for lead under a state law that took effect this year. The new bill would extend this requirement to privately run childcare centers.  Photo by John Pike | CC BY-ND 2.0

The California legislature is considering a bill that would require childcare centers throughout the state to ensure their drinking water is lead free.

Public schools and childcare centers within public schools must already test their drinking water for lead under a state law that took effect this year. The new bill would extend this requirement to privately run childcare centers, mandating they take action to replace any water pipes and fixtures found to be leaching lead.

The bill, introduced by Rep. Chris Holden (D-Pasadena) with backing from the non-profit advocacy organization the Environmental Working Group, received unanimous support from two assembly committees earlier this year. The Committee on Appropriations is expected to decide next week whether to bring the bill before the full assembly for a vote, said Susan Little, EWG’s senior advocate for California government affairs.