Virginia Department of Health Launches Program to Detect Lead in School and Daycare Water

The Virginia Department of Health has started a free program to help find lead in public school and daycare drinking water.

The Virginia Department of Health has started a free program to help find lead in public school and daycare drinking water.

Public schools and centers must apply online and will receive a response from the health department if selected.

The Environmental Protection Agency is providing Virginia with more than $1 million for the program. This will allow the state to collect and analyze 40,000 water samples.

Health officials say priority will be given to elementary schools and daycares that cater to children aged 6 and under, and schools where at least half of students receive free and reduced lunches and have facilities Headstart. Older buildings, which are more likely to have lead plumbing, will also be given priority.

Dr. Tony Singh, deputy director of the Virginia Office of Drinking Water, called the program an incredible opportunity to work with daycares and schools to help find and reduce lead exposure. “Every action we take to reduce lead exposure improves the health of our children,” Singh said in a statement.

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