Drinking Water At Selected Hawai‘i Public Schools And Child Care Facilities To Be Tested For Lead From May To December 2021
HONOLULU, HI (STL.News) To ensure the water at Hawai‘i public schools and child care facilities is safe to drink, the Hawai‘i State Department of Education (HIDOE), Department of Health (DOH), and Department of Human Services (DHS) will launch a joint project to test tap water at selected schools and child care facilities for the presence of lead. The project begins in February 2021 and will continue through the end of the year.
The project is part of a nationwide program established under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act of 2017 to test drinking water for lead in schools and child care centers. The Hawai‘i project is being paid for by a $222,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The State of Hawai‘i’s contribution to the project is an additional $696,000 from the technical assistance set-aside portion of the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund.
“Hawai‘i has been fortunate in that we have not experienced the same types of challenges with lead contamination as we have seen in the continental United States, so it’s important to note this project is a precautionary measure,” said State Toxicologist Dr.