The House and Senate have passed legislation that will help school districts across New York State test their drinking water for potential lead contamination.

The bill, sponsored by Senator Charles Schumer, would establish a new $20 million federal grant program for schools that choose to test for lead beyond this year.

The funding is authorized through 2021 for a total of $100 million.

“Our first priority must be keeping New York State children’s drinking water safe when they are at school and day care, and this legislation will do just that,” said Senator Schumer.

The legislation, included in the Water Resource Development Act, is now headed to the President's desk.