Published: June 12, 2017

    Virginia Public Schools Will Now Be Required to Test Water for Lead

    Lead has become a national concern – more research is focusing on the degrading water infrastructure in the United States, and we are quickly realizing how harmful the lead pipes installed in the early 20th century are becoming. As CNN reported last year, 5,300 water systems across the country currently violate lead rules that protect the health of the public. As many as 18 million Americans drink water from public systems that have a lead content exceeding federal standards.

    Virginia is now among the many states that are implementing stricter policies to safeguard its population from the dangers of lead contamination. At the moment, public schools across the state are not required to test their water for the toxic metal that is known to cause learning disabilities, hearing impairment, and nervous system damage, especially in young children.

    However, starting on July 1st of this year all public schools in Virginia will change course, making lead testing a requirement for schools everywhere within the state. State Senator Jeremy McPike introduced State Bill 1359, which was signed into law with little resistance. According to the text of the bill, it “requires each local school board to develop and implement a plan to test for lead and, if necessary, remediate potable water from sources identified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as high priority for testing.”

    According to State Senator McPike the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan, that exposed how many citizens were unknowingly drinking water contaminated with high levels of lead served as a catalyst for this new law. The national media attention of the Flint water crisis helped revive the conversation about water safety, and raised concern in Americans around the nation.

    One of the main issues the bill seeks to address is the lack of testing done at the actual schools. While “leading testing” is done at the source where the drinking water is sent out, lead can leech its way into the drinking water while the water sits in copper and lead pipes, according to McPike. ““So when our kids go to drink, they’re consuming actual lead, and lead has a huge detriment to brain development — and it impacts kids more than adults,” he stated.

    Testing the lead content of the drinking water at our children’s schools is an important step, but to protect our families we must also ensure the drinking water at home is safe. You can order a Water Test Kit from Pelican Water today to examine what’s really in the water that comes out of your kitchen faucet. The Complete WaterCheck 32 Water Test Kit helps you check for many waterborne contaminants, including lead, arsenic, fluoride, and chloride.

    If you detect even trace amounts of lead in your drinking water now is the time to act. Pelican Water offers many options for lead drinking filters to accommodate your needs. Our filtration options for lead include the EZ-Connect Compact Lead/Fluoride Filter System, which greatly reduces the amount of fluoride and lead in your drinking water while being compact enough to fit inside RVs, apartments, boats, and small cottages.

    Follow Virginia’s example and take proactive steps to protect yourself and your family from the harmful effects of consuming lead.