Because of national news stories on lead detection’s in Detroit schools and schools near the RLECWD service area, the District wanted to share some key points for concerned parents or school administrators.
- Our first priority as water providers is the protection of public health.
- Lead is typically not found in the water leaving our treatment or traveling through water mains. However, it may be present in school plumbing, as well as drinking water bubblers or coolers.
- EPA developed a guidance document titled 3Ts (Training, Testing, Telling) for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, which outlines steps schools can take to identify and manage lead in drinking water.
- Lead from school drinking water is one of many potential sources of a child’s overall lead exposure, and it is typically not a primary source. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that as a community we reduce all sources of lead exposure – including in the home.
Annually, the District provides information on the quality of your drinking water 2018 Consumer Confidence Report.
American Water Works Association (AWWA) has the following resources available to assist:
• Lead Communications package with a dedicated Help Schools section
• Assisting Schools and Child Care Facilities in Addressing Lead in Drinking Water document
• Lead Service Line Replacement Collaborative, of which AWWA is a founding member, has information on assisting Child Care Facilities and Schools
• DrinkTap’s Lead in Water page