Lead Testing for Schools
Lead is a toxic material known to be harmful to human health if ingested or inhaled. Blood lead levels as low as 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL) are associated with adverse mental, physical and behavioral effects on children. No measurable blood lead level is without negative effects.
Children are especially susceptible to lead exposure because their bodies absorb metals at higher rates than the average adult. Children younger than six years old are most at risk due to their rapid rate of growth. Exposure to high levels of lead can cause damage to the brain, nervous system, red blood cells, and kidneys. Exposure to low levels of lead have the potential to cause lower IQ’s, hearing impairments, reduced attention span, hyperactivity, developmental delays, and poor classroom performance.
Information from: Reducing Lead in Drinking Water, A Technical Guidance for Minnesota's School and Childcare Facilities
Implementing a Lead Testing Program
AWRL can assist school districts in developing and implementing a lead testing program for their facilities. Our staff has over 25 years combined experience in working with school districts to manage lead in drinking water. We offer competitive pricing and personalized customer service to fit your needs.
Minnesota Lead Testing Requirement
In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature passed legislation requiring school districts and charter schools to test for the presence of lead in drinking water. The statute requires schools to adopt a plan to test for lead in all buildings that serve students from prekindergarten through grade 12.
Minnesota Statute, section 121A.335 Lead in School Drinking Water
Testing must be completed on all taps used for drinking or cooking between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2023.