Environmental health advocates applaud signing of landmark school water testing bill

September 6, 2016

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law S.8158/A.10740, to address the problem of brain-damaging lead in school drinking water.  The new law requires all schools in New York State to test for lead in drinking water, notify parents of results, provide alternative drinking water where necessary, remediate lead sources, and issue regular progress reports. The law includes financial assistance to help cover costs of alternative water supplies and remediation.

In response, Kathy Curtis, Executive Director of Clean and Healthy New York, issued the following statement:

"Clean and Healthy New York applauds Governor Cuomo for championing and signing this landmark legislation, one of our top 2016 priorities. We also congratulate the NYS Senate and Assembly for their swift action, as there is evidence that lead-tainted water threatens many communities. Children go to school to learn. While there, the simple, necessary act of hydration should not bring with it a chemical that hinders learning and healthy brain development,and contributes to other serious long-term health problems.

The problem of lead in school kids' drinking water today is the legacy of an ongoing challenge: chemicals that can harm our health or the environment are routinely used in everyday items, like building materials, food packaging and clothing. We encourage the legislature and Governor to build upon this demonstrated leadership and further protect children's health by addressing all exposure sources, especially common child care products."


Clean and Healthy New York is a statewide environmental health advocacy organization based in Albany, New York with thousands of supporters. For the past decade, CHNY has promoted safer chemicals, a sustainable economy, and a healthier world.

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