Oneida County Legislator Emil Paparella is urging Congressman Richard Hanna to support legislation and funding to test levels of lead in school drinking water.

Paparella, who chairs the Health and Human Services Committee, says recent problems in other parts of the country like Flint, Michigan have brought the issue of safe drinking water to the forefront.

He says lead has also been a problem in several New York schools, including the Binghamton and Ithaca School Districts.

Paparella also says the Oneida County Health Department should continue their efforts in overseeing that schools are routinely testing their drinking water.