Lead in Schools


With the high toxicity of lead to children, it is important for schools to find and remove any lead from their buildings. This means checking paint in buildings or parts of buildings built before 1978 and removing lead-bearing parts from schools’ drinking water systems and service lines. Because this work will take time, schools can install filters certified to remove lead at every tap used for drinking or cooking and begin regular testing of all water outlets to ensure that the remediation steps being taken are effective. Visits the sites below for guidance for schools who want to evaluate their buildings and remedy any hazards found.

3T’s for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit from the EPA
Sources of Lead-free Plumbing Supplies for Schools from National Sanitation Foundation (NSF)
Get the Lead Out: Ensuring Safe Drinking Water for Our Children at School from Environment America and US PIRG
Sensible Guide for Healthier Schools Renovation from the EPA archive