Why Test for Lead in Drinking Water
Lead is a highly toxic metal. There is no safe level of lead in the body. Exposure to lead can slow children’s growth, impair their development and learning, and cause behavior problems. Additionally, young children absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do.
Lead can get into drinking water from plumbing and fixtures, so it's important to make sure lead levels in drinking water are as low as possible. Fixing a lead in drinking water problem is often easy and low cost. Solutions can include replacing plumbing fixtures, removing redundant or seldom-used fixtures, and encouraging the use of centrally located, well-maintained bottle fill stations.
First Round of Testing
Act 66, passed in 2019, requires all Vermont school districts, supervisory unions, independent schools and child care providers to test their drinking and cooking water for lead. 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 tap out of service and take corrective action to eliminate or reduce the amount of lead to below the action level.