Is your drinking water safe? See what DC is using to detect lead in 400+ childcare facilities

by Brianna Crandall — April 23, 2021 — President Joe Biden on March 31, 2021, proposed a $2 trillion infrastructure plan that would provide $100 billion for new school construction and upgrades to existing buildings.

According to the White House, parts of the American Jobs Plan would also provide $45 billion to replace lead pipes around the country, which would reduce lead exposure in 400,000 schools and child-care facilities.

“How many schools [are there] where the kids can’t drink the water out of the fountain?” President Biden asked at a press conference.

Working to reduce lead in drinking water in childcare facilities is not new to The District of Columbia’s (DC) Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), which recently chose the ePIPE LeadSmart program for lead (Pb) testing for over 400 childcare facilities.

A vital component of the delivery of DC’s Childcare Safe Drinking Water Project is the use of the LeadSmart program. The LeadSmart program includes the use of EPA-approved on-site lead testing equipment, identification of probable lead contributors in a building’s water supply system, and remediation recommendations to bring drinking water into compliance.

Property managers or owners are required to disclose lead-bearing plumbing

ePIPE pointed out that DC requires that the presence of lead-bearing plumbing materials and copies of any lead tests conducted on the water supply of the property or dwelling unit be provided to a seller or renter.

Building owners in DC and other jurisdictions should consider the potential for liability that may be associated with lead (Pb) in the drinking water that their occupants rely on, says the company.

LeadSmart services, lead identification and remediation programs have been provided in the US and internationally. Works have included public works, schools, homes, apartments, senior living facilities, hotels, and HUD and county housing.

With over 40 US and international patents, the ePIPE process involves restoring pipes in-place, with an application of an approved epoxy barrier coating resulting in a restored and protected epoxy lined piping system. The process provides a solution for slab leaks, pinhole leaks, and the reduction of lead leaching from lead pipes and lead contributors. Service providers are located in the US, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, UK and Europe.

To learn more about the LeadSmart Program or the ePIPE process, visit the ACE DuraFlo Systems website.