Testing Drinking Water for Lead in Public Schools: 2023
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) addresses, supports, and improves America’s drinking water infrastructure, and federal grant funds from the WIIN Act have been used to develop a program to test drinking water for lead at Rhode Island schools. This program is a collaboration between the URI Cooperative Extension Water Quality Program, the RI Department of Health (RIDOH), and the RI Department of Education (RIDE).
Sampling results from participating schools will be complied and posted on the RI Department of Health website. Sampling results will help guide the recommendations provided in the final report.
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 school staff, parents, community members, and others to ensure that drinking water in schools is free of lead.
Content from the 2016-2017 project that tested for lead in public schools and licensed daycare facilities can be found here.