AN ACT relating to requirements on lead measurements in water supplies provided by New Jersey school systems.

  • Posted on: 3 March 2018
  • By: Maddy Stack
Legislature: 
Primary Chamber: 
Title: 
AN ACT relating to requirements on lead measurements in water supplies provided by New Jersey school systems.
Enactment Clause: 
Be it enacted by the Youth Model Legislature of the State of New Jersey that the rules and regulations on lead percentages in New Jersey schools be stricter and mandatory tactics be taken to improve the safety of the water.
Sections: 
Section I: This requirement should result in an increase in check for lead in school zones due to the recent status of 55 percent of districts found lead in their faucets and other fixtures, according to Environment New Jersey. An increase of jobs will be required.
Section II: Filtration systems will be put in to guarantee the safety. The filtration systems will help to eliminate the lead and drastically reduce the lead content. The schools will use funds towards these systems. Reverse osmosis systems will be used in order to target the lead.
Section III: The bill will make a required amount of checks per year, 4, instead of yearly. Also, the filtration systems must be in constant cycle and when they become old, must be exchanged for new systems.
Section IV: If lead levels still do not reach the required limit, the bill will allow the shut down of the water systems in schools in order to properly address this issue and reduce the amount of harmful consumption towards the students and faculty.
Effective Date: 
This bill shall take effect on July 25, 2018 to not interfere with the 2017-2018 school year, but be put into action as soon as possible to limit the amount of students and faculty affected by the lead.
Statement of Intent: 
The purpose of this bill is to prevent the number of illnesses and long term health problems that result from high percentages of lead in the water provided by the New Jersey School systems.
Author's Note: 
Additionally, the EPA can choose to put the money towards specific parts of this bill. 5,000 dollars will also be put towards rewriting law books.
Fund Summary: 
Funds necessary for the implementation of this law will come from The EPA. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) authorize the creation of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program. The purpose of the DWSRF is to assist public water systems finance the costs. The Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) can award capitalization grants to States, who in turn provides low interest loans and other types of assistance to lead towards eligible drinking water systems, which is where the funds for these projects will come from. Additionally, there are already funds going towards the schools to provide for water systems, and in order to ensure that there is money to go towards improving, this bill will relocate funds being received from the EPAs current partners for lead prevention, such as the CDC.
Speedpass Consideration: 
No