SB599 (2020) Detail

Relative to testing for lead in water in schools and child care facilities.


SB 599  - AS INTRODUCED

 

 

2020 SESSION

20-2804

08/05

 

SENATE BILL 599

 

AN ACT relative to testing for lead in water in schools and child care facilities.

 

SPONSORS: Sen. Rosenwald, Dist 13; Sen. Feltes, Dist 15; Sen. Cavanaugh, Dist 16; Sen. Kahn, Dist 10; Sen. D'Allesandro, Dist 20; Sen. Fuller Clark, Dist 21; Sen. Soucy, Dist 18; Sen. Hennessey, Dist 5; Sen. Sherman, Dist 24; Rep. Cloutier, Sull. 10; Rep. Wallner, Merr. 10; Rep. Stapleton, Sull. 5; Rep. Martin, Hills. 23; Rep. Hennessey, Graf. 1

 

COMMITTEE: Health and Human Services

 

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ANALYSIS

 

This bill requires testing for lead in water in schools and child care facilities.

 

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Explanation: Matter added to current law appears in bold italics.

Matter removed from current law appears [in brackets and struckthrough.]

Matter which is either (a) all new or (b) repealed and reenacted appears in regular type.

20-2804

08/05

 

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

 

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Twenty

 

AN ACT relative to testing for lead in water in schools and child care facilities.

 

Be it Enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court convened:

 

1  Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Licensed Child Care Facilities.  RSA 485:17-a is repealed and reenacted to read as follows:

485:17-a  Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Licensed Child Care Facilities.

I.  Every 5 years, public and private schools and licensed child care facilities shall test for the presence of lead in drinking water at all outlets at the school or facility.  For purposes of this section, "outlet" means a drinking water fixture currently or reasonably expected to be used for consumption or cooking.  Testing shall be in accordance with guidance from the department of environmental services and shall be based on a 250 milliliter sample of drinking water that has been standing in plumbing pipes at least 6 hours and that is collected without flushing the tap.  Schools and licensed child care facilities that have tested their outlets for the presence of lead after July 1, 2017 and before the effective date of this section shall conduct their next round of testing no later than 5 years from the date of such testing.  Schools and licensed child care facilities that have not tested their outlets between July 1, 2017 and the effective date of this paragraph shall conduct testing within 30 days of the effective date of this paragraph and every 5 years thereafter.

II.  If test results obtained by a school or licensed child care center after the effective date of this section demonstrate the presence of lead in a concentration that exceeds 1 part per billion, the school or licensed child care facility shall, within 5 business days, notify parents and guardians and shall, as an interim measure, ensure that the children are provided only drinking water that meets the standard.  The school or licensed child care facility shall also implement a remediation plan, as approved by the department, within 30 days of notification of parents or, in consultation with the department, as soon as practicable.  The department shall review the plan and any associated submittals within 30 days of receiving them.

III.  Within 30 days of the effective date of this section, public and private schools and licensed child care facilities shall compare the results of testing conducted after July 1, 2017 with the 1 part per billion standard and, in the event any such results exceed this standard, proceed with the requirements of paragraph II relative to notice, remediation, and interim measures.

IV.  If 3 consecutive rounds of sampling performed every 5 years are below the 1 part per billion standard at an outlet, further testing of the outlet shall not be required.

V.  All test results, including but not limited to those obtained between July 1, 2017 and the effective date of this section, shall be provided to the department of environmental services, which shall maintain a database of results accessible to the public on the department's website.

2  Effective Date.  This act shall take effect 60 days after its passage.

Links

SB599 at GenCourtMobile
SB599 Discussion

Action Dates

Date Body Type
March 3, 2020 Senate Hearing

Bill Text Revisions

SB599 Revision: 7836 Date: Jan. 6, 2020, 3:36 p.m.

Docket


June 16, 2020: No Pending Motion; 06/16/2020 SJ 8


June 16, 2020: Vacated from Committee and Laid on Table, MA, VV; 06/16/2020 SJ 8


March 3, 2020: ==TIME CHANGE== Hearing: 03/03/2020, Room 101, LOB, 02:00 pm; SC 9


Jan. 8, 2020: To Be Introduced 01/08/2020 and Referred to Health and Human Services; SJ 1