Schools and licensed childcare facilities in Vermont will now have to test their drinking and cooking water for the presence of lead.
Gov. Phil Scott on Monday signed Senate Bill 40 will require the state’s 425 public and independent schools and 1,200 childcare facilities to test the water from each tap and take action if lead levels exceed 4 parts per billion.
Under the new law, the state will cover testing costs and reimburse facilities for costs to replace fixtures, up to a certain amount.
The new law puts into place statewide a 2017 pilot program.
“The harmful impact of lead, particularly in children, is clear,” Scott said. “That’s why this legislation and our statewide efforts are so critical,” said Governor Scott.
Test results will be available as they are completed at https://anrweb.vt.gov/DEC/leadinschools/.