The Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) is offering free lead screening of drinking water fixtures and faucets for Arizona schools and child care facilities as part of a nationwide program that was established by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2016, funded by the Environmental Protection Agency.
ADHS received about $1.4 million to assist Arizona schools to proactively detect lead in drinking water to ensure that schools are aware of potential plumbing problems. If lead is found in drinking water, ADHS will work with the school to find the best possible solutions to lower lead levels.
This project is a continuation of previous water testing work completed by ADHS in licensed child care facilities, and the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality in public schools. ADHS has not identified drinking water as a cause of a child’s elevated blood lead levels in Arizona.