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After Flint, Are Schools Being More Vigilant About Tainted Water?

From Oregon to Maine, the Flint, Mich., water crisis is leading to action in the nation’s schools. Massachusetts expects to complete testing of about 930 schools by January and is making results available online. Chicago Public Schools plans to test all its facilities and post the results online.

And New York State has gone furthest, passing a first-of-its-kind law that required schools to test by Oct. 31, report results quickly, and take corrective action when needed. The action is an acknowledgment that the largely voluntary testing system present in most of the country isn’t sufficient.

But the actions taken are, in most cases, a bare minimum, experts say. Officials know that the problem of lead pipes extends far beyond Flint, so the need is still for parental and public pressure to push for more rigorous testing.