PEHSU Fact Sheet on Lead and Drinking Water: Information for Health Professionals Across the United States (2016) > How do I counsel a family about lead in drinking water in schools or childcare facilities?
- Schools and childcare facilities that meet the definition of a public water system are regulated under the Lead and Copper Rule and may be included as sampling locations. Regulations ensure that licensed childcare facilities with 25 or more children and staff must comply with drinking water standards even if the facility has an individual water supply such as a private well.
- We advocate for states and local jurisdictions to establish additional programs for testing for lead in drinking water and other medium in schools and to develop a coordinated health messaging response for families. US EPA has developed a toolkit to assist school and childcare facilities to address lead in drinking water in their local communities available at https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/training-testing-telling-3ts-full-toolkit.