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Safe drinking water ought to be available in all schools

The Baltimore school system is taking steps to make drinking from school water fountains safe again a decade after lead contamination prompted officials to ban students from using them. (Ulysses Muñoz / Baltimore Sun)

Thank goodness Baltimore City officials are taking action to provide safe drinking water for the students and staff ("Do drink the water: Baltimore school system aims to make the fountains safe again," July 8). Make no mistake, this is a Baltimore County issue too. Numerous schools including Dulaney High, for example, have brown water flowing from the faucet and fountain. According to Baltimore County Public Schools, they've tested the water claiming it's "safe, but not palatable."

Parent advocates fought and won fresh water coolers as a temporary solution, yet it's a monumental task to provide clean water to over 2,000 people in an antiquated facility. Again, our Baltimore County leadership must do better. I feel sure the county government buildings provide safe water in their offices, in addition to the local jails.

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Jennifer H. Tarr, Cockeysville

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