The SWIG program is a continued investment by the Commonwealth to support local schools with lead mitigation for drinking water. This commitment will build on the Commonwealth’s Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water launched in 2016 that paid for schools to test their drinking water. The goal of the SWIG program is to fix issues identified through the testing program by providing grant funds to purchase and install filtered water bottle filling stations.
Once schools have tested their drinking water for lead, any drinking water fixtures that tested positive are eligible for grant funding for filtered water bottle filling stations. Recipients are districts with education facilities that have completed voluntary testing and reported their testing results to MassDEP. This program will enhance the benefit of completing testing while also providing assistance to schools to mitigate lead in their drinking water.