Elementary Schools and daycares would have to test all drinking water for lead under a bill approved by Illinois lawmakers. The legislation applies to school built before 2000 with pre-kindergarten thru 5th grade classes, requiring them to test for lead in kitchen sinks and drinking fountains. The measure is sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans.
Exposure to lead can cause health problems and developmental delays. Some districts, such as Chicago Public Schools, already started lest lead levels in their water systems.