Ohio schools concerned over lead risk could get state help

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A new grants program that would provide $12 million Ohio schools could use to replace lead-contaminated plumbing fixtures that can put schools’ water supplies at risk is part of recent state legislation.

The Columbus Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1Rx5fOA ) reports grants program included in the measure approved Wednesday and awaiting the governor’s signature provides money for infrastructure repairs and the cost of drinking water tests. Any private or public school building built before 1990 could qualify for a grant.

The grants would cover up to $15,000 in material costs per building provided through the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. The Ohio Water Development Authority also plans to provide funds to help schools identify outdated, lead-containing water fixtures.

Some aging buildings are outfitted with plumbing containing lead, which can leach into otherwise clean water supplies.


Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com

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