Lawmakers have proposed a new bill requiring all New Jersey schools to be immediately tested for lead contamination in water.

6abc reports, the new bill was proposed Monday, weeks after Newark schools experienced elevated lead levels. Because of the levels, officials had to shut off sinks and drinking fountains.

It'll take $20 million to do the testing and provide the appropriate water filters. But in the wake of the situation in Flint, Michigan, it's better to take these precautions.

Once New Jersey understands the scope of the problem, the state can then help other schools that are possibly contaminated.

Source: 6abc News

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