The health and safety of all our school communities is a top priority of BPS.
As a district, we are committed to safely bringing online school-building water fountains and sinks used for drinking, food preparation, and nursing services.
According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the current lead action level for Public Water Systems (PWS) is 15 parts per billion (ppb) and the current copper action level is 1,300 ppb per the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR).
The water supplied to Boston Public Schools by Boston Water & Sewer Commission meets the LCR action levels. The BWSC annual water quality report is available at http://www.mwra.state.ma.us/water/html/awqr.htm.
BPS is not a PWS and is therefore not required to comply with the LCR action levels of 15 ppb for lead and 1,300 ppb for copper. BPS, like all schools, is responsible for following the guidance of the US Lead Contamination Control Act (LCCA). The LCCA directs the EPA and its state designees to assist school system administrators, schools, and programs, to identify and reduce or eliminate lead contamination in their facilities’ drinking water. Unlike the LCR, the LCCA is an assistance-based, non-regulatory program.
As a federal designee and the responsible Massachusetts agency, MassDEP is responsible for educating school/facility officials about the LCCA and coordinating statewide efforts to reduce or eliminate lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities. MassDEP has set a goal for schools to have 100 percent of samples with lead and copper levels below the LCR action levels for lead and copper. Note that the federal guidelines for lead in school drinking water under the LCCA have a goal of 20 ppb, but MassDEP opted to set the lead goal for school drinking water to be the same as the LCR action levels. Additional information on the Massachusetts LCCA program is available at http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/lead-in-drinking-water.html.
BPS has adopted MassDEP’s goals for lead and copper levels in drinking water.
For more information on water at Boston Public Schools, visit
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