BAISCA can design a Single Component Assessment for your district that will provide accurate and current data as a critical link to the overall Capital Improvement Plan.
North Carolina Fails to Pass Legislation Requiring School Districts to Test Drinking Water for Lead
Prompted by the 2016 discovery of lead contamination in Flint, Michigan’s water supply many states including North Carolina introduced bills to test drinking water in schools for lead. The 2016-2017 legislature introduced HB 1074 which died in committee and it appears likely that HB 169 will meet the same fate during the 2017-2018 session. Plumbing systems in school buildings constructed prior to 1986 may have lead solder joints that leach into drinking water presenting a health hazard to children. Several school districts in North Carolina have adopted a proactive stand and moved forward with testing.
BAISCA has followed this issue closely and developed a program to assist school districts that may be considering a Lead in Drinking Water Testing program. It is our belief that districts should closely follow testing protocol and other guidance offered by the EPA document “3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools”. We have several copies on hand and will be pleased to send one to your district upon request.
We can help you develop a testing plan that includes:
- Educating district leadership and staff.
- Identification of certified testing labs
- A third party sampling strategy (or use of district personnel to save cost)
- Model communications to all stakeholders.
- If necessary, remediation strategies
Learn more about how BAISCA is prepared to help your school district move forward with a Lead in Drinking Water Testing program.
Contact Andrew LaRowe at 336-409-4694 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BAISCA specializes in the collection of data and the development of reports related to facility issues in school districts. Our field technicians will visit each school, or selection of schools, within a district to collect data about a specific building component or issue. A summary report ready for the Board or Leadership Staff is delivered to the district immediately following the collection of field data along with all backup data in electronic format.