SB 979 - This act requires each school district to test each source of potable water in a public school building in that district serving students under first grade and constructed before 1996 for lead contamination as specified in the act. The water samples shall be submitted to a Department of Health and Senior Services-approved laboratory and the results of such testing shall be submitted to the Department. If any of the samples tested exceed 5 parts per billion, the school district shall notify the parents or guardians of enrolled students. If the samples tested are less than or equal to 5 parts per billion, the district may notify parents individually or on the school's website. The sampling and analysis shall be completed by December 31, 2019. A school district may seek a waiver from these requirements from the Department if the district has previously tested the building's potable water as specified in the act and submits those results to the Department by December 31, 2018.
This act is substantially similar to HB 2643 (2018).