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Advocates, lawmakers urge Mass. to get lead out of school water supplies

Of all the things parents might worry about at their children's school, the water bubbler wouldn't usually rank high.

But a new report from two public health advocacy groups may change that.

Lead showed up in almost half of 40,000 school taps tested in Massachusetts, according to the report from the Environment America Research & Policy Center and U.S. PIRG. The report, which examined lead issues in schools in 16 states, concludes that current Massachusetts laws are not strong enough to protect children from lead in school drinking water.