Testing for Lead in Drinking Water - Public and Nonpublic Schools

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Maryland law (Chapter 386, 2017) requires all occupied public and nonpublic schools, serving children in prekindergarten to grade 12, that receive drinking water from a public utility to test for the presence of lead in all drinking water outlets.

The first round of sampling required all school buildings serving students in prekindergarten through grade 5 and school buildings built before 1988 complete lead testing by July 1, 2018.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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Status of HB 270 Implementation

Summary of Results

As of February 4, 2019, MDE has received a total of 35,105 first-draw lead sample results from 12 public school systems,139 nonpublic schools, and five charter schools. Of this number, 1,293 samples (3.7%) exceeded the Action Level (AL) of 20 parts per billion (ppb) of lead. Of the samples that exceeded the Action Level, 597 (46.2%) were from drinking water outlets and 672 (52.0%) were from non-consumption outlets. There were 24 samples (1.8%) that exceeded the Action Level for which a use determination could not be made.The following tables present the above information in greater detail and will be updated as more data becomes available.

Summary of First-Draw Sample Results for Public, Nonpublic, and Charter Schools

 

Summary of Waivers and Deferrals

MDE has received 710 applications for a twelve-month deferral from initial testing, and, in consultation with MSDE, has granted approval to 705 applications. Of the remaining 5 applications, 4 did not meet the requirements for approval and 1 is under review. MDE has received 115 applications for three-year deferrals in initial testing; 88 of these did not meet the requirements for approval, and the remaining 27 are under review.  MDE has received 130 applications for waivers from testing; 114 did not meet the strict requirements for approval, and the remaining 16 are under review at this time. The following tables present the above information in greater detail and will be updated as more data become available.

Summary of Deferrals

Summary of Waivers

 

Reporting

When emailing forms, please name the forms using the following format: Name of form_name of school

 

Important Forms

 

Guidance Materials

 

Law and Regulations

 

School IDs

 

Other Information

 

Contact Information

Questions? Call 410-537-3729 or email reporting.leadschoolwater@maryland.gov

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