Today, our colleagues Mark Elliott, Andrew Homer and Kevin Ashe published their Alert titled Getting the Lead Out of California Schools. The Alert discusses California’s new water supply permit requirements and the State Water Board’s Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program, which allocates up to $9.5M in funding to improve access to and the quality of public school drinking water. Key takeaways include:
- Water purveyors serving K-12 schools must now collect & analyze school’s samples from water fountains and faucets, if requested by school or district.
- In November 2017, the State Water Board began accepting grant applications to fund projects that improve drinking water quality in public schools.
- Grants. which may be used toward a number of eligible projects and/or interim supplies, will be awarded until the $9.5M in fund runs out or June 30, 2019, whichever occurs first.