New State Law Regarding Lead Testing in Schools

 New California state law requires community water systems to test lead levels in the drinking water of schools and in area service lines suspected of lead. Babcock Laboratories is both ELAP and NELAP accredited and has over 20 years of experience determining ultra-trace amounts of lead in drinking water. 

Earlier this month the American Water Works Association (AWWA) partnered with the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) on a webinar concerning the new state law for testing lead in schools. 

The webinar focused on the new requirements under AB 746, which requires community water systems to test lead levels in the drinking water of schools that were constructed before 2010. The deadline for these new requirements is July 1, 2019.

The webinar also addressed requirements for SB 1398 and SB 427. SB 1398 requires that by July 1, 2018, public water systems with areas that may have lead user service lines in use in their distribution systems either determine the existence or absence of lead user service lines in these areas and provide that information to the State Board, or provide a timeline for replacement of the user service lines whose content cannot be determined. SB 427 applies the requirements of SB 1398 to community water systems, with a deadline of July 1, 2020. 

Babcock Laboratories is both ELAP and NELAP accredited and has over 20 years of experience determining ultra-trace amounts of lead in drinking water using EPA method 200.8, which is the testing method required by the State Board for the lead testing program. In addition to lead, Babcock Laboratories offers a suite of heavy metal testing services for drinking water. If you are interested in our heavy metal testing services, including lead testing, please contact our Director of Client Services, Cathy Iijima.

If you would like to learn more about the State Board's original notice on lead testing in schools, read our previous article