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Free Lead Testing Pilot Program: State Program to Test Residential Drinking Water

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) announced in February 2017 that it was launching a pilot program to test lead in drinking water. The program continues to be available to residents that are served by either a private well or public water system. The program is free of charge to residents, allowing everyone to have access to lead testing while funds are available.

Residents who are interested in testing their tap water are encouraged to sign up on the NYSDOH website  or by calling the Bureau of Water Supply Protection at 518-402-7650. Individuals who request testing choose a participating laboratory that provides containers and directions to draw two samples. The resident draws the samples and mails them to the lab where they will be processed, and the results will be sent directly to the resident.

The purpose of the Free Lead Testing Pilot Program is to encourage individuals to take appropriate action if a source of lead in drinking water is identified. Lead is a toxic metal that is particularly harmful to the developing brain and nervous system of children under six and pregnant women. Lead is found throughout our environment, but the primary source of lead exposure in homes continues to be through old and deteriorated paint. The free water testing program will allow residents to make informed decisions about their drinking water to best protect the health of their families.

Full website with sign up and list of participating laboratories:

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