BEFORE TOMORROW! Ask legislators to pass HB 88 for safe drinking water in schools!

Ask legislators on the House Natural Resources Standing Committee to pass HB 88 for safe drinking water in Utah public schools!

In 2017, a concerning amount of lead was found in the water in 90% of Utah schools. Most of the schools tested low levels of lead, but nine schools were found with lead content that is greater than the Environmental Protection Agency’s federal guidelines for action. Regardless, according to the EPA, gradual consumption of any amount of lead can cause developmental issues, slowed growth, behavioral issues, and various other health problems.

In January 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a $434,000 grant to test lead in Utah public schools and childcare facilities.

HB 88 School and Childcare Water Testing Requirements by Rep. Steve Handy (R-Layton) would ensure that water is safe for Utah children.
 
Simply scroll down and click “Start Writing” to ask the House Natural Resources Committee members to vote YES on HB 88.

What would HB 88 School and Childcare Water Testing Requirements do?

HB 88 mandates testing drinking water for lead in all schools (public and private) and childcare centers every five years. If lead is found, the bill would require the facility to take action to reduce lead content in the water. In addition, lead content must be made public to keep Utah families informed.

(Remember to personalize your comments for the greatest impact! Why do YOU support this proposal?)

  • The DEQ emphasizes the importance of having clean water in schools to ensure the safety of children and support their ability to learn.
  • Children especially are in danger of adverse effects due to lead consumption.
  • This bill will require schools and childcare facilities to work towards cleaner water in order to protect Utah children.
  • In January 2020, the Environmental Protection Agency gave the Utah Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) a $434,000 grant to test lead in Utah public schools and childcare facilities.

How to make sure your letter is successful:

  1. Use a clear and specific subject heading.
  2. Start with a salutation (“Dear …”).
  3. Be CIVIL, PERSONAL and as CONCISE as possible.
  4. Mention that you are a CONSTITUENT and include your full address with zip code.
  5. Sign your name at the end.

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