Florida State Sen. Janet Cruz is raising private funds to make sure water is safe in Hillsborough County public schools.

Cruz is launching a fundraising effort tentatively called “Get the Lead Out” after the Florida Legislature failed this year to pass a bill that would have funded water filters in state schools built before 1986 that might have lead in the water supply.

Cruz hopes to raise $250,000 to purchase and install water filters at the 136 Hillsborough public schools constructed before 1986 that contain lead pipes.

“There is no safe level of lead when it comes to children drinking from tainted water fountains. While I am prepared to sponsor legislation again next Session to install filters in public schools to get the lead out — I am not going to wait until then to take action,” Cruz said. “That is why I will spend this summer raising the money needed to install filters in Hillsborough County schools. Every child should have access to clean and safe drinking water at school.”

Of the 136 schools Cruz hopes to install filters, only 11 were found to have lead in the water above the 15 parts-per-billion threshold that is considered contaminated.

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