Have you tested your school's water for lead contamination?

Lead in drinking water is a serious concern, especially in schools. Adequate hydration is critical to children’s overall health and development, and state law requires school districts to provide access to free, fresh drinking water during mealtimes. However, if the available water is contaminated, children should not drink it.

Free Lead Testing Now Available to Your Local Schools & District

Recently the California State Water Board mandated that local water districts provide free water testing for lead contamination at the point of use in California schools—when the school requests it. Water agencies regularly test water quality at the source, but they rarely test the quality at the point of use. Now schools can ask the water districts to test for lead contamination at no cost to the school.


  • Lead is a toxic.
  • Children under six years are at particular risk for lead exposure because they absorb lead more easily than do adults.
  • Even low blood levels of lead have been associated with reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, poor classroom performance, hyperactivity, behavioral problems, impaired growth and hearing loss.
  • No safe blood lead level in children has been determined.
  • Lead can affect almost every organ and system in your body. The most sensitive is the central nervous system (brain), particularly in children.

Finding lead in your water is serious, but there are inexpensive procedures to mitigate contamination, and various new and old funding sources are available to schools to help address adverse water results. Page two of this flyer provides a step-by-step process to provide safe drinking water to your students. However funding is limited, so the earlier you test and apply for funding, the better your chance to receive these funds.

New resources make free lead testing available to schools & districts by contacting your local water agency (information on back of flyer).

You may also contact our technical assistance providers to help you determine your best options.

Rural Community Assistance Corporation

Abigail Solis—Self-Help Enterprises
Community Development Specialist
(559) 802-1659  •  abigails@selfhelpenterprises.org