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Lead Testing in Schools

The TCEQ is offering free lead-testing workshops to help schools that receive their water from a public water system.

Even though Texas’ public water systems employ measures to ensure the water is safe to drink, lead can still leach into a school’s drinking water from plumbing materials and fixtures within the school and move through the school's water-distribution system.

Free Training Workshops on Lead Testing

Sampling and testing is the only way to determine if lead is present in a school’s drinking or cooking water.

While sampling for lead is not required for schools serviced by a public water system, the TCEQ is offering free workshops around the state to help schools establish programs to prevent lead in drinking water.

The assistance is for school officials responsible for the maintenance or safety of their school’s drinking water. This training is NOT for schools that are public water systems with their own source of water. If your school is a public water system, please see the Lead and Copper webpage.

Upcoming Events

Workshops include three one-hour sessions. Participants are welcome to attend any or all sessions.

  • San Antonio: March 29, 2018
  • El Paso: April 17, 2018
  • Ft. Worth: April 24, 2018

Presentations

What the workshops Do

  • Raise awareness of the potential occurrences, causes, and health effects of lead in drinking water.
  • Assist school officials in identifying potential areas where elevated lead may occur.
  • Help establish a testing plan to identify and prioritize testing sites, such as drinking water fountains, food preparation sinks, and other fixtures that provide water for human consumption.
  • Provide guidance if corrective actions are necessary.
  • Help school officials develop strategies for communicating with students, parents, staff, and the community about potential risks, monitoring programs, testing results, and remediation actions.
  • Introduce the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools (3Ts: training, testing, and telling)

For Schools

For Parents

      (800) 232-4636

Funding

Finding a Laboratory

For a list of laboratories that are accredited to analyze lead and/or copper in drinking water click HERE.