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N.J. Schools Given a Year to Test for Lead in Water

By Denisa R. Superville — August 02, 2016 1 min read
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The New Jersey board of education will require all districts that haven’t yet tested their water for lead to do so within the year and to make those results public.

The regulations follow Gov. Chris Christie’s announcement in May that he will require all schools to test their drinking water for lead annually and to publicly report those results. Christie also asked the state legislature for $10 million to help the districts pay for expenses related to the testing.

All of this came after the discovery of elevated lead levels in the drinking water at some Newark schools. Northjersey.com reported that even before the state board passed the new regulations last month, many districts had already started voluntarily testing their water.

A version of this article appeared in the August 03, 2016 edition of Education Week as N.J. Schools Given a Year To Test for Lead in Water

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