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The Lead In School Water Project is the first web-based application to rank and track every U.S. state in terms of school-related lead exposure, testing and policy. This project's goal is to provide a free public resource for parents, facility managers and regulators to monitor the latest data on their school's waterborne lead concentrations.
For every state, water testing company SimpleWater sought to evaluate policies, testing requirements, and data availability for the prevention of childhood lead exposure in schools and daycare centers. SimpleWater systematically reviewed all state websites, datasets, reports and policies pertaining to school lead programs. The team conducted interviews and consulted experts to capture the most relevant information for a transparent public database.
As SimpleWater gathers feedback from this initial release, the team will roll-out additional layers with finer resolution data, including county and school-specific results.
SimpleWater has also curated a list of free resources for school administrators, facility managers, district boards and concerned parents in each state.
Based in Berkeley, California, SimpleWater owns and operates the Tap Score Water Testing service, which the company says is the largest residential water testing service in the United States, providing millions of homes and businesses with easy access to state-of-the-art environmental lab testing, health reporting and treatment.