O’Mara: Mandatory Water Testing Is Needed For Lead Contamination

June 7, 2016
ALBANY, NY – State Senator Tom O’Mara is calling for the enactment of legislation to require schools to test for lead contamination at the tap in public schools, inform parents and teachers of the test results, provide state funds for testing and remediation, and require the state Department of Health to create an annual report based on these tests.
O’Mara, Chairman of the Senate Environmental Conservation Committee, said, “There’s no more important place to start this overall and ongoing effort to better address lead contamination than within our schools to protect children. The increasing incidents of lead contamination in school water systems demand that we take short- and long-term actions to strengthen testing, reporting and remediation requirements.”