EPA Takes Stronger Action on School Water Quality

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The Environmental Protection Agency says they will start more stringent enforcement of the Safe Drinking Water Act.

EPA officials say the majority of America's water supply is safe but that more needs to be done to keep smaller systems in compliance, especially schools that run their own.

At a hearing on Capitol Hill, Senators questioned if the EPA was actually going to enforce the laws already on the books or simply push the requirements that might not lead to actual changes.

Right now, many schools that run their own water system don't have the ability to meet the requirements. To avoid enforcements, the EPA is working with schools to move them to bigger community run water supplies which allows for better monitoring of contaminate levels by local, state and national officials.

The focus on schools is due to the fact that kids are more vulnerable to
impurities in drinking water.