Wisconsin receives “f” in report on lead water policies in schools and childcare centers

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A new report shows Wisconsin has received an “F” for failing to address lead in drinking water at schools. 

A report by the Wisconsin Environmental Research and Policy Center and WISPIRG gave Wisconsin’s policies the “F” for failing to protect children from lead exposure within schools and daycares.

“Schools should be safe places for our kids to learn and play, but Wisconsin is still failing to protect our kids from lead in drinking water. State leaders should get serious about protecting kids from this toxic threat. Passing Gov. Evers’ budget to help fund lead service line removal would be a good place to start,” said Megan Severson, Wisconsin Environment State Director. 

The study, titled Get the Lead Out, is in its second year, according to the Wisconsin Environment. 

The report goes on to show Wisconsin “lacks comprehensive policies to detect, disclose and remove lead from school drinking water.”

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, a number of studies have shown lead exposure leads to poor academic performance and a higher risk of being suspended. 

The nationwide report gave a total of 22 states, including Wisconsin, an “F” grade for a lack of policies to get lead out of water in schools and childcare centers. Minnesota and Michigan were two of the states included in this category.

Illinois is the only state to receive a “B-.” Washington D.C. received a “B+.”

To view the full report, click here.

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