Published : Monday, September 24, 2018 | 8:55 PM
The bill requires the Department of Social Services, in consultation with the State Water Resources Control Board, to adopt requirements to ensure that drinking water at child care centers does not contain elevated lead levels.
AB 2370 also requires child care providers to undergo instruction and training on the risks of lead exposure, and how to prevent it. Child care providers are also required, under the bill, to give parents written information about childhood blood lead testing requirements.
“Lead poisoning is a serious threat to children’s health,” Holden said. “Increasing lead testing for California’s high-risk children is one of the single biggest steps we can take to prevent lead poisoning.”
A report by the California Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 says very young children absorb about 40 to 50 percent of the ingested lead when drinking contaminated water, while adults absorb between five and 15 percent. Even small amounts of lead in the bodies of very young children can cause irreversible harm to their brains and central nervous systems.
Under AB 2370, licensed child day care centers will be eligible to apply for loan funding through the Child Care Facilities Revolving Fund in order to solve lead contamination at the child care center. They can also receive grants from the State Water Board for testing and remediating lead in their water systems.