Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care Programs

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 in the state’s opportunity zones. This will include the prioritization of facilities 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.

WIIN Grant Fact Sheet

EPA's 3Ts

EPA's 3Ts - Training, Testing, and Taking Action - provides tools for schools, child care facilities, states, and water systems to implement voluntary lead in drinking water testing programs.

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:

Facility Survey

DHEC has developed a Facility Survey to allow DHEC and regional municipal water professionals to better understand the layout of facilities that have volunteered to be tested. Questions about this document can be directed to: Debra Boston, WIIN Grant Project Manager, DHEC 803.898.4214 or bostond@dhec.sc.gov.

WIIN Grant Facility Survey

Partners

  • Local Health Departments
  • Local Water Utilities
  • School Principals/Directors
  • School Board
  • School Nurses, Cafeteria Staff, Athletics Staff, and Teachers
  • Local Colleges and Universities
  • South Carolina Rural Water Association

DHEC Resources

Other Resources