Rep. Frank Pallone pushes for more funding to fix lead contaminated water
The lead-contaminated-water crisis in New Jersey is getting attention in Congress thanks to a New Jersey lawmaker.
Rep. Frank Pallone says that more money is needed to replace water fountains in New Jersey schools.
"In a lot of schools they've just shut them down and there's no access to water for the kids," he says.
Pallone has proposed federal legislation to spend $25 million over five years to replace older water fountains in schools.
The New Brunswick School District recently spent $10,000 to replace 14 water fountains, but Pallone says that not all school districts can afford that.
"Our students need water," he says.
This year, high levels of lead in drinking water were found in half of the schools in Newark, prompting concern in schools statewide. Water fountains can be once source of lead contamination if they were manufactured before 1988.
Pallone's bill is still in committee and has a way to go before possibly becoming law.