Schools On Alert Over Water Quality

Bowman, Darcia Harris
March 2004
Education Week;3/17/2004, Vol. 23 Issue 27, p1
Schools across the U.S. are examining the quality of the water their students and staffs are drinking and reaching the decision that the water is contaminated. With school buildings aging faster than they can be replaced or renovated, lead-contaminated water is a problem for just about every school district in the country, claim public-health advocates. Yet few schools conduct water-quality tests as a matter of course, critics say. Last week, though, after parent leaders in the capital complained that random testing was an insufficient safeguard, the local water and sewer authority announced it would expand testing in the 63,000-student district.


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