Standardizing Water Testing in Public Schools
Every institution that serves children needs to undergo water testing with every water source. Deteriorating infrastructure, such as old plumbing, crumbling roofs, and inadequate heat and air conditioning systems have long been an issue for public schools, which are notoriously under-resourced. Public school students with limited access to educational resources are now underscored by lead and copper-ridden drinking water. Until quality education and health care are treated as constitutional rights for all people, crises like what we see in Flint and Detroit are likely to persist
People living with low incomes and people of color often do not have the same access to education and literacy as those who live in wealthier, more privileged school districts. Historically, access to literacy has been a tool to subordinate certain groups and certain communities and to keep those communities down, and now we see the same sort of discrimination happening with access to clean, safe water.