By January 2024, water systems must have a list of all schools and licensed child care facilities built prior to 2014 in their service area. In 2024 and during the following four years, systems must conduct sampling in at least 20 percent of the elementary schools (whether public, private, parochial, or charter), and at least 20 percent of the child care facilities identified until all such facilities have been tested.
Systems must provide sampling upon request to elementary schools and child care facilities following this initial round of monitoring. Systems must contact child care facilities, elementary schools, and secondary schools on an annual basis to provide information on lead in water and alert them to the option to request lead sampling. The limited sampling (e.g., 5 outlets per school and 2 per child care facility) is not intended to comprehensively characterize lead levels but to engage the facility staff in considering lead in water.
Opportunities to Accelerate Replacement
Working to remove LSLs from schools and child care facilities is important because young children are particularly vulnerable to lead. While typically schools will not rely on small diameter LSLs, it is possible that one is present (e.g., small annex in an older school), and perhaps more likely at a child care facility, especially a smaller facility in a converted home or other older structure. The engagement required by the LCR provides an opportunity to elevate the issue of LSL identification and, if present, replacement.
Communities may consider: