The tri-state area is home to historical sites left and right. But that means there were some very old construction techniques. Structures built before 1986 are more likely to contain lead pipes, fixtures and solder.
The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) is a federal, legally enforceable law that sets national standards for tap water. States and water suppliers must test their water sources to see where they could be vulnerable to contamination.
While the SDWA applies every public water system in the United States, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates that approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care facilities are not regulated under the SDWA.
These unregulated schools and child care facilities may or may not be conducting drinking water quality testing because it is voluntary. Only schools regulated by the SDWA are required to test and therefore comply with the SDWA.
Lead Decision Tree– To help you decide if you need to test the drinking water in your school or childcare facility, take this short assessment by the EPA.
EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools was developed for school officials to assist them with lead in drinking water prevention programs.