The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering a free webinar on the 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools. The approach — training, testing and telling — can assist administrators with implementing voluntary lead testing programs to reduce lead in school drinking water.
According to EPA, approximately 90,000 public schools and 500,000 child care facilities are not regulated under the Safe Drinking Water Act. But, exposure to lead is a significant health concern because children absorb more lead than adults.
The webinar will be held December 7, 2016 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm EST. It will provide a background on lead in drinking water, review steps for sampling school drinking water, discuss appropriate remediation measures and highlight effective communication strategies.
Sources of Lead in School Drinking Water
Drinking water sources may not have lead or contain very low levels of lead. But, when water comes into contact with plumbing containing lead — such as lead pipes or solder and brass faucets and fittings — corrosion can result in higher or actionable lead levels in school drinking water.
Schools with intermittent water use may have elevated lead concentrations because the water is in contact with plumbing components for longer periods of time. Children may access school drinking water fountains and water faucets that have sitting water.
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