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Lead in Drinking Water
Schools and Child Care Facilities
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The NJ Department of Education has made the Reimbursement Form available.
The NJ State Board of Education promulgated on July 13, 2016, by Special Adoption, Regulations (N.J.A.C. 6A:26) that require immediate testing for lead in the drinking water of all public school districts, charter schools, State-funded early childcare facilities, et al. Testing must be done within 1 year. These schools may be eligible to be reimbursed for the drinking water sampling and analysis conducted pursuant to these regulations after the effective date, 7/13/16, of these regs.
The NJ DOE has a Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water webpage and a FAQ webpage
We can provide these analytical services. Click here for these Regulations.
Note: The State Board of Education Regulations are requiring a 250 ml water sample be taken after an 8 - 48 hour stagnant period. This is different from the USEPA Lead & Copper Rule for public water systems which requires a 1 liter sample taken after a 6 hour stagnant period. New Jersey is using 15 ppb of lead as an action level.
Here is a direct link to the NJDEP Lead in Drinking Water - Schools and Child Care Information webpage. All schools and child care facilities should review this information. This includes the QAPP and School District Lead Sampling Plan Templates.
Quick Reference Guide - Sampling for Lead in Drinking Water in Schools - 3 page instruction guide.
Here is the USEPA Revised Technical Guidance, 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools that are served by public water systems. The 3Ts are Training, Testing & Telling. This applies to those schools which get their water from outside water sources. If a school has its own water system then the Lead & Copper Rule applies. The USEPA published this document in 2006.
Here is an article on "Lead in Drinking Water Investigation of a Corrosive Water Supply". This article was published in 1983 showing this is not a new issue. This work was performed before the USEPA established the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991. The lead in drinking water in Flint, Michigan has brought this issue to the forefront.
Both the New Jersey Legislature and the United States Congress have proposed bills requiring schools to perform lead testing in drinking water. The NJ Bill may be affected by the NJ Dept. of Education's coming regulations. The proposed Bills are New Jersey Senate Bill S2022 and the US Senate Bill S.2776. If these bill are signed into Law they will have a significant impact on all schools in New Jersey.
Garden State Labs is certified for lead in drinking water analysis.
The analytical cost for Lead Analysis is dependent on the requested turnaround time.
Standard turnaround time - 10 business days: $50.00 per sample
Rush turnaround time - 5 business days: $100.00 per sample
Extended turnaround time - 20 business days: $25.00 per sample
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