Virginia Dept. of Health launches lead testing for water at schools

A newly released report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center grading 32 states’...
A newly released report by the Environment America Research & Policy Center grading 32 states’ policies for addressing lead in school drinking water has given North Carolina a failing grade. (Source: Pixabay)
Published: Jul. 8, 2022 at 4:06 PM EDT
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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - The Virginia Department of Health launched a voluntary lead testing program for drinking water at schools and child care centers across the state.

The program aims to identify lead occurrences in drinking water and reduce exposure. The program will currently be able to collect and analyze 40,000 samples.

“This program is an amazing opportunity to partner with schools and child care centers to help identify and reduce lead exposure in drinking water in children,” said Dr. Tony Singh, deputy director of the Office of Drinking Water. “Every action we take to reduce lead exposures improves the health of our children.”

Schools that want to participate can enroll online, and the health department will notify selected schools and centers.

For more information, click here.

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