Senate Passes Lead Testing Bill for Drinking Water at Schools

Jan 19, 2018

New Hampshire State House.
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

The New Hampshire Senate on Thursday passed a bill designed to strengthen rules to prevent childhood lead poisoning.


The bill mandates lead testing for all New Hampshire kids aged 1 and 2, though parents can opt out. It also lowers the blood lead level where the state will intervene, and creates a loan fund to help landlords deal with lead paint issues. 


The bill was amended to require lead testing in drinking water at public schools and day cares. 


The governor has said he'll sign the bill.