Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities

Publication Date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017


Exposure to lead has come to be a significant health concern, especially because the growing bodies of childran and infants absorb more lead than the average adult. Drinking water is one possible, but not the only, source of lead exposure. Infants whose diets consist of formula may get lead exposure from tap water used to make the formula.

The EPA is responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's drinking water in public water supplies. It is estimated that approximately 8,000 schools and child care facilities maintain their own water supply and are regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). However, there is currently no federal law requiring testing of drinking water in schools and childcare facilities, except for those that have and/or operate their own public water system and are therefore subject to comply with the SDWA. As a result, there are approximately 98,000 public schools and 500,000 child care facilities not regulated under the SDWA.

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