The State of Tennessee is offering lead testing in water to Head Start, Early Head Start, state-licensed child-care centers, and public schools at no cost to facilities that choose to voluntarily participate in the program.
Several state agencies are collaborating, the program is made possible through a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency.
Dr. Lisa Piercey, Tennessee Health Commissioner, says “There is no safe level of lead exposure for children, especially those under six years of age.” Water can be a source of lead exposure, especially in buildings with older plumbing.
Participating facilities will be provided lead testing kits with bottles, instructions and pre-paid shipping labels. Results will be shared with the facilities as soon as possible but no later than two weeks following the completion of the testing. The state will work to assist facilities in responding to the results and addressing elevated levels of lead when necessary.
Please go to https://www.tn.gov/health/cedep/environmental/healthy-homes/hh/lead.html to request a lead testing kit.