Of course, schools are meant for studies. However, at the same time parents send their children to school for individual grooming. That includes the staff paying attention to the health and nourishment of children. This holds important especially for primary schools where most of the kids are in their growing age period.
According to US legislation, schools are supposed to provide meals and access to drinking water for children. As a result, institutions are required to keep a check on the taps. Since that is from where most of the water is drunk. Yet, shockingly, the water that the children might be drinking is not entirely clean!
Lead in school water
Many schools over the USA are providing the children with tap water containing too much lead. To make matters worse, most schools don’t even both bother conducting a test. For the administration, anything like led testing is not even remotely known.
Some schools volunteered to provide samples of tap water to research conducted by the Government Accountability Office. 37% of the total sample population had enhanced levels of lead present. The rate was significantly higher than the normal level.
About 40% of the schools had never heard about such tests existing in the first place.
As a result, children are taking in more lead than what should be present in their bodies. This can lead to consequences like severe health problems. Particularly, if this buildup continues, children will be at risk of lead poisoning. Lead can enter the bloodstream where it starts depositing onto the organs and tissues.
There is a long list of symptoms that the child might experience due to the condition. Some are as serious as permanent damage to the brain. Other symptoms are mentioned as follows.
- Kidney disease
- Difficulty hearing (if the lead starts depositing in the ear region)
What to do about it?
As mentioned earlier, one of the foremost duties of schools is to provide safe and clean drinking water to children. Which increasingly observed is not the case for most district-level institutions. Clean drinking water is essential for healthy growth and development. More importantly, lead-filled water puts the kids at a far greater health risk.
There are some necessary measures that can be held to ensure safe access to drinking water.
As a first step, it is important for any institution to undergo led testing. The observed case is that the administration staff is not even aware of it.
It should be followed by the cleaning of pipes with disinfectant from where the water flows into the taps. Most of the led deposit is found in this area that needs to be thoroughly washed.
Further to that, schools should invest in bottled mineral water. If the supply of water is considered to be unsafe from the supplier’s end, then this option becomes necessary to take. Children should be provided with clean water that they can drink at all times. Water dispensers or coolers should be installed at various spots in the school. Thereby, children would not need to use the tap for drinking.