School Lead Testing

School Lead Testing

Thousands of students across the state rely on their schools to deliver safe drinking water. It is important for schools to routinely test their water to ensure they're providing water free from contaminants. PDC Labs provides school lead testing throughout both Illinois and Missouri

Legislature passed in January of 2017 now requires schools in Illinois to regularly test for lead. Governor Rauner signed the new legislation to test lead in drinking water sources, although many local schools have already been conducting testing in recent years. The law requires that daycares, schools with students up to the fifth grade, and schools built before 2000 must test their drinking water for lead. According to the law, schools and daycares should also notify the parents of the results.

Don't wait -- the sooner your school passes the test, the sooner you can focus on other pressing matters. Clink the link below to schedule lead testing for your school.

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As a naturally occurring element found in small amounts in the crust of the earth, lead can both be beneficial and harmful. This toxic substance is dangerous to humans and animals, as it has adverse health effects. Lead can be found in different parts of nature, including the atmosphere, water, and soil. This means that lead can be easily found indoors. Thanks to different laws passed, lead is no longer used in some forms of gasoline and paint, reducing our exposure to this substance. However, lead compounds are still used in different products such as ceramics, plumbing materials, batteries, cosmetics and others. In addition, industrial applications such as mining and smelting often have increased lead levels as their byproducts.

School Lead TestingChildren are particularly at high risk for lead poisoning because of two reasons. First, their developing bodies absorb more lead than adults. Second, their developing nervous systems are more susceptible to the harmful effects of the substance. In addition, babies and young kids can have higher exposure to lead because of their tendency to put their hands and other objects in their mouths. Lead poisoning in children can lead to behavioral and learning problems, decreased IQ and hyperactivity, and slow growth. Studies have also shown that children six years old and younger develop problems with hearing and anemia. In rare cases, the ingestion of this toxic substance has led to seizures, coma, and even death.


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The abovementioned reasons motivate the US Environmental Protection Agency and schools to comply with the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) requirements. These requirements ensure the protection of public health, particularly school children, from the harmful effects of lead in drinking water. As determined by research, the most common source of lead in drinking water is the corrosion of plumbing materials, which could be made of lead-containing elements such as pipes, solders, and other fixtures.


The LCR set an action level of 0.015 mg/L (15 ppb) for lead according to the 90th percentile level of tap water samples. This means that if 10 percent or more of the samples show a result of this threshold or above, then specific actions must follow after testing. For example, water quality parameter (WQP) monitoring, source water monitoring and treatment, and corrosion control treatment (CCT) must take place to attempt to lower lead levels in the water. Furthermore, public education must follow to explain the situation to the concerned people.


In lead testing in schools, samples must be collected after the water has had time to remain in the pipes for at least six hours. This ensures that no disturbance has been made to the water to ensure testing accuracy. This also means that no one is allowed to use the water in schools for the said period. The number of lead samples collected is determined by the daily population served by a school. For example, a large school with a population of 10,000-50,000 requires 60 tap samples, whereas a smaller school or 100-500 students need 10 tap samples.


Reliable School Lead Testing


If you need a reliable professional to perform lead testing for your school, then you can count on PDC Laboratories to help. Our capabilities are certified and accredited by different state agencies, and we hold a National Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program. For more than 35 years, we have provided quality environmental testing, including lead testing. Our state-of-the-art testing processes and equipment allow for the accurate measurement of lead levels in drinking water in schools. With our help, proper action can be taken to ensure the safety of our children. Get in touch with us today to get started.


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