With the high toxicity of lead to children, it is important for schools to find and remove any lead from their buildings.

This means checking paint in buildings or parts of buildings built before 1978 and removing lead-bearing parts from schools’ drinking water systems and service lines. Because this work will take time, schools can install filters certified to remove lead at every tap used for drinking or cooking and begin regular testing of all water outlets to ensure that the remediation steps being taken are effective. Visits the sites below for guidance for schools who want to evaluate their buildings and remedy any hazards found.

Free lead testing for water at public schools and child care facilities in Indiana!

Lead can get into drinking water as it passes through lead pipes or plumbing fixtures. If it’s found, the fix is often as simple as replacing the faucet. The Indiana Finance Authority has a grant to provide free testing for child care facilities and public schools, and free advice for those that test positive. Encourage your local school or child care to learn more about the Lead Sampling Program and complete the Lead Sampling Program for Schools and Child Care Facilities Application.

Download the Indiana Finance Authority Lead Sampling Program for Schools and Child Care Facilities fact sheet.