The goals of this project are: 1) to provide a descriptive assessment of the current methodologies used in state-based school water quality testing programs compared to recommended standard surveillance elements; and 2) to summarize water lead content data derived from state testing programs and present and evaluate data by school social and demographic characteristics. First a standardized policy and document content review protocol will be used to document key features of state water quality testing programs and relevant elements of the public surveillance system. These will include lead agency, policy mechanism, sample size target specifics, water sample collection protocols, case identification by lead content action level, response procedure requirements, and reporting and communication requirements. These will be compared to Environmental Protection Agency recommendations and guidelines for public health surveillance elements. Next the researchers will access online or request data on all testing samples of measured lead in tap water from states conducting voluntary or mandatory school tap water testing for lead (and copper, when available). This school-level water quality testing data will then be linked with school-level characteristics using publicly available data on all public schools and other state-agency provided data.
Early Adopters: Current Practices and Preliminary Findings in States Adopting School-Based Water Quality Testing Programs
This Brief summarizes select characteristics of state-level policies and programs to test for lead in school drinking water. It is based on a study from researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of California Nutrition Policy Institute. The full results of the study, … More
Stories of Success: A Qualitative Examination of Contributors to Excellence in School Drinking Water Access
Drinking water instead of beverages with added sugar can help prevent obesity and cavities and promote overall health. Children spend much of their day in school, where they have variable access to drinking water. In 2010, federal and state law required California public schools to provide free potable water to … More
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law on December 10, 2015, reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965. ESSA created an opportunity to broaden accountability beyond traditional subjects, such as math, to potentially focus on health and wellness in schools. States could select health and … More