Overview

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Lead Testing in Drinking Water

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Drinking water in the test tube for chemical and microbiological analysis

With funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center (GLITEC) is partnering with the Indian Health Service (IHS) to test drinking water in Tribal schools and childcare centers for elevated levels of lead. This free and voluntary testing program helps ensure the health and safety of everyone who uses drinking water in Tribal schools and childcare centers, including children, parents, and staff.

Tribal schools and childcare centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin can participate

Participation is open to all Tribal schools and childcare centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin. This includes the following Tribally operated facilities:

  •  Childcare centers
  • Head Start programs
  • Early Head Start Centers
  • Elementary schools
  • Middle schools
  • schools
  • Youth programs
  • After school programs
  • Daycare centers
  • Other centers deemed necessary for testing by Tribal leadership

 

Interested agencies located in Michigan should contact the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan (ITCM) to participate in their Lead Testing in Drinking Water program.

Benefits of Participating

There is no safe level of lead in drinking water. By participating in this program, your facility will help minimize the harmful health effects of lead exposure in children. The protection of children’s health and well-being is essential for the next seven generations. This voluntary program provides FREE lead testing in drinking water and offers a monetary incentive up to $1,500 for participating facilities.

With funding through the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), GLITEC will support Tribal schools and childcare centers in Minnesota and Wisconsin by:

  • Providing free lead testing in drinking water
  • Offering a monetary incentive for participating facilities
  • Providing virtual educational opportunities
  • Assisting with planning actions to reduce lead in drinking water

Express your interest to participate

Please express your interest in participating by filling out the interest form in the “Sign up Here” tab on the left of this page.

A GLITEC employee will contact you with more information about the program after you complete the form.