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Rid Mass. schools of lead water pipes

Fenway High School opened in a newly renovated building in 2018. Updates included replacing water pipes.
Fenway High School opened in a newly renovated building in 2018. Updates included replacing water pipes.Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff

In “We need a Water New Deal too” (Opinion, July 4), Jonathan Kaledin calls for national action to overcome “water challenges [that] are in equal part environmental, economic, and social equity issues in nature.” This worthy charge overlooks an important aspect of the dirty-water problem that we can remediate in the Commonwealth.

Too many Massachusetts students attended — and, post-pandemic, will attend again — schools with lead water pipes. Accordingly, we filed bills ensuring safe drinking water in schools. For their brains to fully develop, young people must have the chance to consume water free from this known neurotoxin.

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Joan B. Lovely

State senator

Salem

Lori A. Ehrlich

State representative

Marblehead