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Is the water unsafe in America’s schools? Meghan Hollis talks with Charly Butcher

In response to the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, school officials across the country are testing classroom sinks and cafeteria faucets for lead. Just a fraction of schools and day care centers across the United States are required to check for lead because most receive their water from municipal systems that test at separate locations, but state and federal lawmakers have called for wider testing. Among those schools and day care centers operating their own water systems, Environmental Protection Agency data analyzed by the Associated Press showed that 278 violated federal lead levels at some point during the past three years. Around one third of these locations had lead levels that were at least double the federal limit. In many of the cases, the problems can be traced to aging buildings with lead pipes, older drinking fountains, and water fixtures that have parts made with lead. Recently, state lawmakers in New Jersey and Pennsylvania have proposed legislation that would require resting in all schools and some members of Congress have called for more money and expanded lead sampling.  Expert in Predictive Analytics, Dr. Meghan Hollis joins Charly Butcher on “Fort Wayne’s Morning News” to discuss the problem.

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