When a school decides to test their drinking water for lead, the first step is to identify the number of water sources that you would like to have tested.
This blog post will give you a better idea of who should identify these sources, how to identify them and which ones should take priority.
Pick your Leader
The first step to identifying your water sources is to pick a school employee that is very familiar with the school layouts and water sources. Typically, schools will put the Head of Facilities/Maintenance in charge of water source identification.
Identify Water Sources
The next step is to identify all of the water sources within your schools. You will want to categorize each of the water sources as water fountains, sinks, icemakers, etc.
Prioritize your Water Sources
The final step is to prioritize your water source categories. The water source categories that are used for drinking or cooking should be your top priority. These water sources include all water fountains, water coolers, kitchen sinks, teacher lounge sinks, etc. The next priority will be your water sources that are not used for cooking or drinking. These water sources include sinks in science labs, storage closets, transportation facilities, etc.
If possible, ALL water sources should be tested for lead. If that is not possible due to budgetary reasons, you will want to test the water sources used for drinking and cooking first and all others should follow.