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Lead Testing in Schools

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities

new information A Training, Testing, and Taking Action Approach

Please be aware a revised version of the EPA guidance document “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools” has been released. The 2018 revised guidance document is titled the “EPA 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities.”

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Finding a Laboratory

For information regarding laboratories that are accredited to analyze lead and/or copper in drinking water, please review the Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program webpage. If you need additional assistance, please reach out to the Lead and Copper Program at 512-239-4691.

Additional Information for Parents

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Lead Testing in Schools and the TCEQ

The TCEQ offered free lead-testing workshops to help schools that receive their water from a public water system learn how to test their water for lead.

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 Materials and Guidance 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 offered free workshops around the state to help schools establish programs to prevent lead in their drinking water. At this time additional workshops are not currently scheduled; however, materials and guidance provided to workshop attendees are still available. For additional assistance, please reach out to the TCEQ Lead and Copper Program at 512-239-4691.

The assistance provided was for school officials responsible for the maintenance or safety of their school’s drinking water. This training was 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.

Presentations

The TCEQ has temporarily removed the 3Ts presentations which were based on the 2006 version of the EPA’s 3Ts guidance document. These presentations are currently under revision to incorporate updated information from the newly revised guidance document. Please check back for updated TCEQ presentations in the future.

What Did the Workshops Do for School Officials?

  • Raised awareness of the potential occurrences, causes, and health effects of lead in drinking water.
  • Assisted school officials in identifying potential areas where elevated lead may occur.
  • Helped 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.
  • Provided guidance if corrective actions were necessary.
  • Helped school officials develop strategies for communicating with students, parents, staff, and the community about potential risks, monitoring programs, testing results, and remediation actions.
  • Introduced the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools (Formally known as "3Ts: Training, Testing, and Telling")

Completed Workshops from 2017-2018

Workshops included three, one-hour sessions. Participants were welcome to attend any or all sessions.

  • Waco: November 29, 2017
  • Edinburg: January 23, 2018
  • Lubbock: February 5, 2018
  • Beaumont: February 21, 2018
  • Houston: March 20, 2018
  • San Antonio: March 29, 2018
  • Ft. Worth: April 24, 2018