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. Under this program, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), along with program partners including UMass Amherst and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority, provided technical assistance and lab analysis to help public schools sample their taps and water fountains, and to identify results that show lead and copper contamination over the action level. 

As of February 2017, the program has completed sampling for all schools that signed up during the enrollment period, and this one-time program has ended. Schools that did not sign up to participate are encouraged to conduct voluntary programs. The technical assistance documents below will be helpful to schools conducting programs on their own. 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.

 

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.