COMING SOON: Lead Safe Homes inspections resource for in-home daycares
Young children who spend significant time in childcare settings or attend K-12 schools may be at risk of lead exposure from drinking water. Lead in drinking water is a concern because it is a daily source of water for young children and when schools or childcare facilities are closed over the weekends, holidays, or extended breaks, lead from pipes and other fixtures can leach into the water. The prolonged shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic raise similar concerns.
Effective January 1, 2018, California Assembly Bill (AB) 746 required community water systems to test lead levels, by July 1, 2019, in drinking water at all California public, K-12 school sites that were constructed before January 1, 2010. More information about and results from school drinking water testing can be found on the State Water Resources Control Board website.
In September 2018, the California State Legislature expanded drinking water testing requirements to licensed childcare centers through the passage of AB 2370. Under this law, all licensed childcare centers constructed before January 1, 2010 are required to test their drinking water for lead contamination between January 1, 2020, and January 1, 2023, and then every 5 years after the date of the first test. More information on testing requirements for licensed childcare centers can be found on the California Department of Social Services website. Note that this testing requirement does not apply to family home daycares.