Why Test for Lead in Drinking Water
Unless you test for it, there’s no way of knowing if lead is in drinking water.
Children can come in contact with lead in many ways. Lead exposure poses a special risk to young children because they absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do. Lead can slow down growth, impair development and learning, and can cause behavior problems.
While a major source of lead exposure in Vermont children is paint, lead in older plumbing and fixtures can add to a child’s overall lead exposure. Plus, water that sits in lead plumbing and fixtures when it's not being used likely contains higher levels of lead. This is why it's important to make sure lead levels in drinking water are as low as possible.
Vermont's Lead in Drinking Water Testing Law
To address these risks, Act 66 (2019) requires all Vermont schools and licensed or registered child care providers to test their drinking and cooking water for lead according to the schedule in the rule. If lead is found at or above the action level of 4 parts per billion (ppb), the school or child care provider must immediately take the fixture out of service and take steps to eliminate or reduce the amount of lead to below 4 ppb.
Learn more about the law and findings from the first round of testing
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Information for Child Care Providers
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