Sherrod Brown pushes for more funding to test for lead in water

The Columbus Dispatch

High levels of lead in water fountains in the Granville Exempted Village Schools as well as in a water system in northeast Ohio should be a wake-up call to both the state and the federal government to pay attention to aging infrastructure, said Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio.

Brown, who will appear on Tuesday at the Franklin County Health Department, said he is working to include money in the upcoming Water Resources Development Act aimed at addressing lead issues in those communities and in Flint, Mich., where the water is badly contaminated.

The bill, which will come to the Senate floor later this month, offers Flint money to replace lead pipes and plumbing. But it also includes a $300 million grant program to help communities and low-income homeowners replace contaminated service lines as well as $100 million for grants for schools and child cares to test their water for lead contamination.

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