NJ Lawmaker Proposes Testing Child-Care Center Water for Lead

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -
In this March 25, 2016 photo, Director of Chemistry Ravi Swamy, of Aqua Pro-Tech Laboratories, uses inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy to test drinking water samples at the facility, in Fairfield, N.J. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
In this March 25, 2016 photo, Director of Chemistry Ravi Swamy, of Aqua Pro-Tech Laboratories, uses inductively coupled plasma mass spectroscopy to test drinking water samples at the facility, in Fairfield, N.J. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A New Jersey lawmaker has introduced legislation that would require child care centers to be tested for lead in drinking water.

Democratic Assemblywoman Elizabeth Maher Muoio introduced the legislation to go along with another proposal to require testing and remediation of lead in all public and private school water supplies.

Muoio’s bill comes as schools across the state deal with the problem of lead in drinking water, including more than half the schools in Newark shutting down water fountains because of high lead levels caused by old plumbing.

The bill would require child care centers to test and remediate lead in drinking water and disclose the results.

Republican Gov. Chris Christie is also seeking $10 million to pay for lead testing at 3,000 public schools.