Environment & Energy Report

Day Care Centers in California Must Test Drinking Water for Lead

Sept. 24, 2018, 6:25 PM

Prevention and tracking of childhood lead exposure will be getting a more thorough look after California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed three bills Sept. 22, including one that requires licensed child care centers to test tap water for the heavy metal.

In addition to the testing at about 10,000 child care centers, the other bills also require the state to report blood-testing rates and make data about lead testing, exposure, sources, and removal efforts on a county-level available to the public. They were developed as a package by the Environmental Working Group.

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