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.
On May 2, 2017, a report that summarized the results of the 2016 Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water was published:
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
- Informational Meeting Presentation for Lead in School Drinking Water from MassDEP and UMass-Amherst file size 2MB
Informational Meeting Presentation for Lead in School Drinking Water from MassDEP and UMass-Amherst. Rev. October 2016.
- LCCA Assistance Program - Lead & Copper Reporting Tool
Online reporting tool for tracking and reporting sample locations, test results, and remedial actions taken at schools and early education facilities.
- Lead & Copper in Schools Reporting Tool User's Guide
User's guide for MassDEP's online Lead & Copper in Schools Reporting Tool. Rev. September 2016.
- Lead and Copper in School Drinking Water Sampling Results
This spreadsheet is updated on a weekly basis with sampling results reported to MassDEP through its electronic data reporting system (eDEP), and any remediation actions taken by schools or early education & childcare facilities (EECFs) and reported through the MassDEP Lead & Copper in Schools Reporting Tool.
- Summary Results of Recent Lead and Copper Drinking Water Testing at Massachusetts Schools (Updated May 19, 2017)
This list is updated on a weekly basis. It is alphabetical by town and summarizes sampling results for schools around the state. It reflects results that have been reported to MassDEP through its electronic data reporting system (eDEP). The summary includes schools sampled under the Commonwealth’s Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water as well as other sampling efforts undertaken by the school.
- Summary of Actions Taken by Schools Participating in the Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water
Actions taken by schools where sampling was conducted under the program, where exceedences of the lead and/or copper action level were identified, and where actions were taken. This information on actions taken was reported to MassDEP by the school, or was gathered by MassDEP personnel from school websites. This information will be updated by the Drinking Water Program regularly.
- Plumbing Profile Fact Sheet
This example of a plumbing profile will help schools and child care facilities develop their lead and copper sampling plans.
- Sampling Fact Sheet for Lead and Copper for Schools and Childcare Facilities
This fact sheet describes the protocol for identifying lead and copper problems in the water entering school facilities. Rev. October 2016
- Lead in School Drinking Water: Sampling Protocol Guidance Video
This presentation provides the procedures for collecting lead and copper drinking water samples at schools. Note that the video was developed by MassDEP for agency contractors, but the sampling guidance is useful for anyone performing this work. October 2016.
- Follow-up Steps Fact Sheet for Schools
This fact sheet describes the steps that schools and early education and child care facilities need to take if their lead and copper levels are ABOVE the action level set forth by the state.
- Fact Sheet: Flushing - A Short-Term Solution to Reduce Lead and Copper
Rev. February 2017
- 2016 Lead and Copper in Schools Maintenance Checklist (On-Line Version)
This on-line checklist should be completed for each school or childcare facility (early education & care program) in the Commonwealth. This checklist is designed to help determine if Lead and Copper is likely to be a problem in your facility's drinking water and will enable you to determine appropriate remediation actions if needed.
- Lead and Copper Maintenance Checklist
This checklist is designed to help schools and child care facilities determine if lead or copper is an issue for your facility's drinking water.
- LCCA Sampling Plan Form
A blank form for schools and other facilities to use.
- Lead Contamination Control Act Chain of Custody Form
Blank form for schools to use in sampling.
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.