Lawmakers, group calling on governor to improve schools’ drinking water

Lawmakers, group calling on governor to improve schools’ drinking water
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Lawmakers and members of the WISPIRG Foundation are calling on Gov. Scott Walker to take more proactive steps toward removing lead infrastructure inside schools.

A recent WISPIRG analysis found Wisconsin is among 16 states that are failing to protect kids from lead-laced drinking water in schools.

“This is an issue in other parts of the state, and the state needs to step up and own this as a problem,” state Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said at a news conference Thursday.

In December, the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism found high levels of lead in schools in Middleton and Wausau . Milwaukee schools also found that nearly 200 drinking fountains in the district tested above the federal lead threshold.

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