2016 Lead in Schools Project

Testing Drinking Water for Lead in Public Schools and Licensed Daycare Facilities: 2016

In cooperation with the RI Department of Health and a diverse advisory group, we helped make recommendations about how to assess lead and copper in public schools and licensed daycare facilities.  This work was a result of the state legislation, RI House Bill H 8127 Substitute A, An Act Relating to Waters and Navigation – Lead and Copper Drinking Water Protection Act.

Sampling results from participating schools were complied and posted on the RI Department of Health website to share the information with parents and other community members. Sampling results helped guide the recommendations provided in the final report. That report “Testing Drinking Water for Lead in Public Schools and State Licensed Child Care Centers‘ was presented to the Rhode Island General Assembly on April 27, 2017. 

Drinking water is usually not a primary source of lead exposure, but no level of lead is considered safe, so it is important to reduce all sources. The tabs below provide links to many useful resources for parents, school staff, community members and others to ensure that drinking water in schools and child care facilities is free of lead.

October 23rd -29th  was National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. The Week’s theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” highlighted ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. This project helps supports that effort! Please share this link for more information https://www.epa.gov/lead/lead-poisoning-prevention-week-2016!


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