While the level of lead and copper in water supplied to schools in Massachusetts is generally well below the Massachusetts lead and copper Action Levels (0.015 milligrams per liter (mg/L) and 1.3 mg/L respectively), plumbing and fixtures in buildings may contain lead and copper which can result in an increase in the lead and copper content in drinking water.  As a result, the potential for exposure to lead and copper in drinking water continues to be a concern for the health of children.

Through this Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water, MassDEP seeks to ensure that adequate funding and technical assistance is available to public schools and public Early Education and Childcare Facilities (EECF) to sample drinking water for lead and copper, complete the 2016 Checklist, and receive guidance on implementing follow up actions.

Description of the Assistance Program

The assistance will include the following activities:

  1. Completing the Lead and Copper in Schools Maintenance Checklist issued by MassDEP in January 2016;
  2. Collecting lead and copper samples at each facility;
  3. Analyzing samples for lead and copper;
  4. Reviewing informational material related to preventing lead and copper in drinking water, potential outreach to students, families, and staff, and remediation actions to address elevated lead and copper levels in drinking water;
  5. Designing and implementing a sampling program for each facility;
  6. Completing a plumbing profile for each facility;
  7. Establishing and implementing a record keeping, tracking and reporting protocol for each facility; and
  8. Performing other tasks as may be necessary to complete the Checklist and associated follow up actions.