Senate approves bill to ensure clean water in schools and daycares

LANSING, Michigan— The Michigan Senate on Tuesday passed bipartisan legislation led by Curt VanderWall, Senate Speaker for Health and Human Services Policy to preserve drinking water in schools and daycares.

“In national tests, lead is the most prevalent contaminant in US school drinking water, and drinking water in schools and daycares is a daily source of water for many children,” VanderWall said. R-Ludington. “We need to protect the water our children drink from lead and other poisons. This legislation will ensure that schools and daycares only install filtered drinking water stations and have the tools and resources to protect our children from contaminated drinking water.

Senate Bill 184sponsored by VanderWall, and SB 185sponsored by Sen. Jim Ananich, D-Flint, are working together to direct schools and daycares to develop a drinking water safety plan, install filtered bottle filling stations and filtered faucets, shut down or render permanently unusable any water outlet that is not a filtered station or faucet and post signage near each water outlet indicating whether it is for human consumption.

“We know that aging service lines, plumbing and other fixtures can add contaminants not originally present in community water sources. In addition to this, school timetable templates holidays during weekends, as well as holidays and seasonal breaks can increase the risk of contaminants leaking into drinking water during periods when it sits unused,” VanderWall said. “Our first filter plan will help eliminate these risks and keep the water in these buildings clean.”

SB 184 also establishes the School and Day Care Clean Water Fund within the Department of the Treasury to assist day care centers and schools to acquire and install one-time filtered bottle filling stations and filtered faucets, maintenance of filtered bottle filling stations. and filtered taps, and costs associated with water sampling and testing. The department may also award grants and make bulk purchases of equipment needed to achieve cost savings.

Bills are now sent to the House of Representatives for consideration.


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