Indiana will investigate water quality in public schools

By Andrew Pillow

Water quality has been a hot topic of conversation lately. With the controversy and fallout in Flint, no local government wants to get caught with their pants down in regards to safe drinking water. This might explain why the Indiana Finance Authority will offer drinking water tests for all of the state’s public schools free of charge.

The program will specifically test for lead in water meant for human consumption. Jim McGoff, the authority’s director of environmental programs, doesn’t anticipate most schools would fail the test but is prepared for the ones who do.

“If a sample test reveals elevated lead levels, the IFA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management will work with the school district to map out next steps to address the situation,” McGoff said.

This initiative comes on the heels of the East Chicago water crisis.

Read more here. (via: WFYI)

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Andrew Pillow

Andrew is a technology teacher at KIPP Indy College Prep. He is graduate of the University of Kentucky and a Teach for America Alum. Andrew just recently finished his commitment as a Teach Plus Policy fellow, and he is looking forward to putting the skills he's learned to good use. Andrew has written for several publications in the past on a wide variety of topics but will be sticking to education for his role on Indy/Ed.