Aug 6, 2018
Drinking water has high amounts of lead in nearly one-third of the public schools in Montgomery County, Maryland, officials reported in June.
Drinking even small amounts of lead can do life-long damage to the brain, especially in children. No amount of lead is considered safe. But so far, the drinking water system has not been replaced or repaired.
Montgomery County is the wealthiest and largest school system in the state. In other counties, which have also reported school drinking fountains that contain lead, less money is made available to spend on repairs. Baltimore City has also had the problem for decades and pays for drinking water rather than replacing old lead pipes.
Another example of infrastructure not repaired – but this one with deadly consequences for children.