Lead in Schools and Child Care Facilities

A Proactive Effort to Protect the Health and Safety of North Dakota Children in Schools and Child Care Facilities

NDDEQ is committed to the health of North Dakota children and healthy drinking water in schools and child care facilites. NDDEQ is coordinating with multiple state and local agencies, public water systems and public schools to proactively conduct a statewide voluntary screening program for the presence of lead in schools and child care facilites drinking water.


The Concern

Lead is a highly toxic metal that can cause adverse health effects for both children and adults. Lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body and can increase children’s risk for learning disabilities, central nervous system damage, kidney damage and other detrimental health effects. Most children spend a significant portion of their day in schools, and many school buildings are aging structures that can pose lead health hazards. Other sources of potential lead exposure include lead-based paint, imported spices and candies, antique furniture and toys, and leaching from plumbing materials.


Funding and Support

Currently, there are no funds available from NDDEQ to pay the costs to test water samples from schools and child care facilities for lead. Therefore, schools and child care facilities that are interested to determine the presence of lead in their drinking water must pay for the tests at their own expense. NDDEQ will provide technical assistance regarding available certified labs that conduct tests for lead in water, collection of samples, interpretation of sample results and guidance on steps to reduce lead in drinking water

Additional Resources

Below are links to websites for information pertaining to Lead in Drinking Water, Health, and Building Structures

Schools and Child Care Facilities Resources

EPA Lead in Drinking Water: https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water

EPA’s 3-Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water:  https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/3ts-reducing-lead-drinking-water

Parents Resources

Testing Drinking Water at Your Home

If you are interested in testing your private home's drinking water for lead, please contact the NDDEQ- Drinking Water Program at 701-328-5211 for more information.

For More Information:
North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality
c/o School Lead Hazards Survey
4201 Normandy Street
Bismarck, ND 58503-1324

email: leadinschools@nd.gov
Lead Based Paint Program - 701-328-5188
Drinking Water Program - 701-328-5211