Baker’s budget includes $30M to eliminate lead from schools drinking water

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Governor Baker’s plan is simple, “get the lead out” of the water students drink in public schools, and his announcement has been well received.

Public health organizations, lawmakers and advocates applauded Governor Baker’s multi-year plan to increase funding for school districts, which includes eliminating lead from school drinking water.

The $30 million supports the installation of filters on faucets and the replacement of fountains and pipes.

One Belchertown woman told 22News she was happy to hear something was being done at the state level to eliminate the threat of lead in schools’ drinking water.

“It’s definitely great ’cause lead is a neurotoxin. It’s not good for your body even though it does clean water, but it’s not good for humans to consume whats so ever,” said Kaileigh Thompson.

Water contaminated with lead has been shown to impair children’s growth, behavior, and learning capability.

MassDEP found lead in the water of 59 percent of the schools tested over the past two years.

Baker’s bill also provides support for school districts to meet the rising cost of health care and special education.

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