In April 2016, Governor Charlie Baker and State Treasurer Deb Goldberg launched a cooperative program to help Massachusetts public schools voluntarily test for lead and copper in drinking water. As part of this program, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), University of Massachusetts – Amherst, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) will provide technical assistance to public schools and childcare facilities to establish a lead and copper in drinking water program. Technical assistance will include: helping public schools and childcare facilities to establish a program, provide lab analysis of samples taken at taps and water fountains used for drinking and cooking, and assist with the identification of fixtures with lead and copper concentrations over Massachusetts’ lead and copper Action Levels and to provide guidance on possible remedial actions.

Technical Assistance for the 2017/2018 School Year

The Commonwealth will be providing additional technical assistance for public schools and childcare facilities that did not previously participate in the Program. For more information about the Program and to apply to participate in the Program please review the Program Application.

For schools that wish to conduct or continue voluntary programs on their own, or do not qualify to participate in the program, the technical assistance documents below will be helpful. Additional helpful information can be found at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/lead-in-drinking-water.html, under the “Schools & Childcares” tab. Schools with technical questions after reviewing the documents on MassDEP’s website can submit their questions to: Program.Director-DWP@State.ma.us.

Results from the 2016/2017 School Year

On May 2, 2017, a report that summarized the results of the 2016 Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water was published:

Final Report of Massachusetts Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water - May 2017  pdf format of Lead in School Drinking Water Program Final Report

Press Release: Thousands of School Water Fixtures Tested under Commonwealth's Lead in School Drinking Water Assistance Program


Materials for the Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water

 Background Information about Lead in Drinking Water:

Lead in Drinking Water
Specific information on lead in drinking water for the general public, schools and day care facilities, and public water suppliers.

Overview of Lead in Massachusetts Drinking Water
Frequently-asked questions about lead in drinking water and how it is regulated in Massachusetts.  Rev. February 2016.

FAQs: How safe is drinking water in Massachusetts
Q&A about basic safety issues such as water sources, home treatment devices, and lead in drinking water.

Lead and Other Contaminants in Drinking Water
Information and resources on lead, copper, and other drinking-water contaminants.