Lead in Drinking Water

Lead is a naturally occurring metal which has been used in a variety of products including drinking water service lines and plumbing material. Lead pipes have not been installed since 1986 due to health concerns, but not all have been replaced. Lead in drinking water typically occurs because these lead-containing pipes and plumbing materials corrode over time.

Why is testing the water in schools and childcare centers important?

Testing is the only way to know whether the water contains lead. You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in drinking water. Testing is important if a building has lead pipes, lead-containing fixtures, or lead solder. Babies and young children are more vulnerable to lead than adults. You can learn more about why it is important to test for lead here.