HastingsSPRINGFIELD – Senator Michael E. Hastings (D-Tinley Park) on Tuesday advocated for the testing of water in schools and daycares that have children from preschool to fifth grade. Currently, there is no requirement for the testing of water.

“Seeing the conditions in Flint, Michigan and what people went through, we as a state must take proactive steps to protect our children,” Hastings said. “Our children are our greatest asset, we must protect them.”

The measure would also require that school districts notify the parents or legal guardians of all students if substantial amounts of lead are found in the drinking water.

“When we have problems with our drinking water, we need to be transparent about what steps are being taken to protect the children,” Hastings said. “This measure is both proactive and transparent so that parents can feel comforted that we are looking out for the well-being of their children.”