Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care Programs Drinking Water Grant
Authorized and funded under the EPA’s Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, SC’s Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grant creates a voluntary program to assist with testing for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs across the state. This will include the prioritization of facilities located in the state's opportunity zones serving younger children (Pre-K, K-5), underserved and low- income communities, and facilities that are older and more likely to contain lead plumbing. This EPA grant will allow DHEC to launch a statewide initiative to test schools and childcare facilities using EPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water.
GIS Map of Facilities and Facility Survey
DHEC has developed an interactive tool that includes a map Facility Survey to allow of schools and child care facilities that have volunteered to be tested. The tool also includes a survey that each facility can fill out to request to be part of the program, as well as the sampling results as they become available.
Locate your facility on the map in one of the following ways:
- Search by Name (recommended): Type the name of your facility in the search bar and click on the corresponding icon on the map
- Use the map: Navigate to locate your facility and click on the icon
Once you have located your facility and have clicked on the map, click on the "complete the survey" link located in the pop-up connected to your facility. (If you do not see a pop-up for your facility click on the icon that represents your facility.)
Fillable/Printable Facility Survey (PDF)
As sample results become available, the WIIN Grant Sample Results page will be updated.
The EPA determined program lead remediation level in drinking water samples is 0.015 milligrams per liter (mg/L), or 15 parts per billion (ppb). When a lead sample is detected at or above this level, we encourage schools and facilities to take immediate steps to address the source of lead to protect children and staff.
EPA's 3Ts Guidance
EPA's 3Ts - Training, Testing, and Taking Action - provides tools for schools, child care facilities, states, and water systems to implement voluntary testing programs for lead in drinking water.
DHEC is using EPA’s 3Ts guidance as a model to: (1) Train on the risks of lead in drinking water and testing for lead, as well as developing key partnerships to support the program; (2) Test using appropriate testing protocols and a certified laboratory; and (3) Take Action, including the development of a plan for responding to results of testing conducted and addressing potential elevated lead where necessary.
Additional Resources on EPA's 3Ts:
- 3Ts Manual
- 3Ts Checklist
- 3Ts for Public Water Systems
- 3Ts for Child Care Facilities
- 3Ts for Tribal Schools
- Lead Water Coolers Banned in 1988
- Taking Action: EPA's Recommended Remediation Options
- Ensuring Drinking Water Quality in Child Care Facilities During and After Extended Closures
- Ensuring Drinking Water Quality in Schools During and After Extended Closures
- Lead & Drinking Water
- Drinking Water Quality
- Concerns with Drinking Water
- Protecting Your Drinking Water
- Look Out for Lead - (pdf)
- Look Out for Lead: How can I find out if there is lead in my home? (pdf)
- Common Water Quality Problems and Their Treatment (pdf)
- Demographic Risk Factors Associated with Blood Lead Levels in South Carolina Children (2010-2014) (pdf)
- CDC: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention
- EPA: Lead
- EPA: Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities
- EPA: Parent Letter Template
- EPA: Drinking Water Activities for Students and Teachers
- EPA: Drinking Water & Ground Water Kids' Stuff
- EPA: Taking Action - Remediation and Routine Practices
- MUSC: Dr. Routt Reigart discusses assessing exposure to lead in children's health.