HACKENSACK, N.J. — Two federal lawmakers from New Jersey are touting legislation that would help schools test water for lead and replace outdated water infrastructure.
Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Josh Gottheimer were at Hackensack High School on Monday to discuss the proposed “Get the Lead Out of Schools Act.”
It would establish a grant program to reimburse educational agencies that voluntarily test water for lead and provide funding to help replace outdated pipes that leach lead with new lead-free plumbing. States that conduct testing and remediation would also eligible to apply for grants.
The legislation would also help ensure that drinking water in schools is continually monitored and that resources are provided to help address problems.