Overview

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. This program ran from April 2016 through February 2017. During this time, the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP), 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 identify results that show lead and copper contamination over the action level. 

Results

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

Program Extension

Also on May 2, 2017, the Commonwealth announced an extension of this successful Program. Technical assistance and laboratory analysis will be made available to public schools that did not participate in the Program. More details will be provided here for schools that would like to participate in future testing.

For schools that wish to conduct or continue voluntary programs on their own, 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.

 

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.