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:
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. August 2017.
- LCCA Assistance Program -LCCA Program Management Tool
Online management tool for tracking and reporting sample locations, test results, and remedial actions taken at schools and early education facilities.
- LCCA Program Management Tool User's Guide file size 1MB
User's guide for MassDEP's online LCCA Program Management Tool. Rev. September 2017.
- 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.
- 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
- DPH Factsheet: Lead in Drinking Water Frequently Asked Questions
This Massachusetts Department of Public Health factsheet answers questions about lead and human health, lead in drinking water, and avoiding or minimizing exposure, for pregnant women as well as children. October 2016.
- DPH Factsheet: Copper in Drinking Water Frequently Asked Questions
This Massachusetts Department of Public Health factsheet answers questions about copper and human health, copper in drinking water, and avoiding or minimizing exposure. October 2016.
- 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. Rev. June 2017
- Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) Glossary of Terms
Commonly used terms in the Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA) Program for Schools and Child Care Facilities. Rev. February 2016.
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.