School Lead Regulations

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Information on this page will be updated as the program develops.

Free mandatory lead testing for schools and child care centers

Young children eating and drinking with caregiver.

Governor Jared Polis signed House Bill 22-1358: Clean Water in Schools and Child Care Centers into law in June 2022. This law requires that each child care center, family child care home and eligible school that serves any of grades preschool through fifth in Colorado test their drinking water for lead by May 31, 2023. All testing, technical assistance, and education will be provided to these facilities for free. Before starting any sampling, entities need to enroll in the program. Sign up below to be notified when enrollment opens.

To learn more about the lead testing procedures in schools and child care facilities, please visit the Environmental Protection Agency’s testing guidelines page.

Lead is associated with negative health effects that are especially harmful to young children. If the results of a drinking water test show a lead result of 5 parts per billion or more, the facility must take specific measures to address and remediate the drinking water source. The division will provide guidance on eligibility, training, and implementing the bill requirements within the established deadlines. 

The division is actively working across the state to coordinate testing in schools and child care centers. If the local public health agency in your county is participating in the voluntary Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Lead Testing Program, their team will reach out regarding lead testing. The division will provide additional guidance materials and updates about program funding, school eligibility and other topics as the program develops. Check this page for more details in the coming weeks.

Upcoming Activities

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Timeline of upcoming program activities