Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Reintroduces Two Bills to Amend the Safe Drinking Water Act

Feb 1, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) along with Reps. Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Cheri Bustos ((D-Ill.) reintroduced two bills to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act.
H.R.4907 would require the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to establish a $50 million grant program to replace lead components used in school plumbing.
H.R.4908 would provide assistance to schools to replace drinking water fountains that may contain lead.
“These bills address a serious problem facing communities in every part of Illinois and around the country.  Our constituents expect schools to be a healthy place for all children and that means creating an environment that is free of lead-contaminated water.  We must remain committed to upgrading our infrastructure to modern standards and ensuring that every drop of water our children consume is safe,” said Rush.
“I want to thank Congressman Rush and Congresswoman Bustos for their tireless dedication to ensuring that all communities have access to safe drinking water,” Pallone said.  “No parent should have to worry about the safety of the water their children are drinking at school, and these bills will provide much needed funding to schools struggling to replace lead infrastructure.” 
Lead is considered one of the most hazardous environmental pollutants, which can lead to behavioral problems in children and have detrimental effects on kids’ ability to thrive.  Exposure to lead at high levels can attack the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions, and even death.
“There is no safe level of lead in drinking water, especially for young children.  In Galesburg, I fought hard to secure millions of dollars to replace hundreds of lead drinking water pipes, but this problem is much bigger than just one community.  We have an opportunity to put thousands of Americans to work replacing lead drinking water pipes and fountains, but that requires making a major federal investment to solve this problem.  I'm proud to work with Congressmen Rush and Pallone as we work to make sure all of our children are safe, healthy, and protected from the dangers of lead exposure.”
“I commend my colleagues, Rep. Pallone and Rep. Bustos, for joining me on this important effort and I look forward to working with them on the successful enactment of these critical measures that protect and safeguard future generations,” said Rush.