The TEST for Lead Act would require any state that receives funding from the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to regularly test the lead level of the water in its schools.
The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund is a federal program that helps states fund local safe water projects. All 50 states participate.
This bill would require states receiving DWSRF funds to help their local educational agencies test school water fountains, bathrooms, and water used for food preparation. Schools built before 1996 would be tested twice a year, and schools built more recently would be tested annually.
If elevated lead levels were discovered in a school (anything higher than the action level set by the Environmental Protection Agency), the local educational agency would be required to notify parents, the Administrator of the EPA, and the state within 48 hours.The bill seeks to add these requirements to the Safe Drinking Water Act.