Safe School Drinking Water

The State of Delaware is doing everything it can to ensure your children and all staff in schools have safe and clean drinking water.

 

What You Should Know

The State of Delaware is working with federal and local partners to ensure all Delaware children and school staff have safe and clean drinking water.

With the support of a grant from the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) and the Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) began a sampling initiative in Delaware schools in October 2020 to identify the levels of lead within the drinking water system.

Read Letter to Families Information Sheet for Parents

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What is the State doing now?

Questions? Send a message to the Delaware Department of Education and the Division of Public Health about Lead in Drinking Water

 

Screening & Testing

There are two types of tests for the presence of elevated blood lead levels: Finger Sticks/Capillary Test (known as a lead screening) and Blood Tests (known as a Venous test).

While lead in water is concerning, an elevated blood lead level in a child may be from another exposure source, like dust, paint chips, or soil. Regardless of the source, if a screening/capillary test result is 3.5 µg/dL or higher, a confirmatory blood test will be required.

Where to Find Lead Screenings:

  • Pediatrician or primary care provider
  • DPH Community Health Services Mobile Unit
  • Select State Service Centers
    • Hudson State Service Center, Public Health Clinic: 501 Ogletown Road, Newark DE 19711, 302-283-5757 ext. 3
    • Porter State Service Center, Public Health Clinic: 509 W. 8th St., Wilmington DE 19801, 302-777-2860
    • Williams State Service Center, Public Health Clinic: 805 River Rd., Dover DE 19901, 302-857-5140
    • Milford State Service Center at the Riverwalk, Public Health Clinic: 253 NE Front St., Milford DE 19963, 302-424-7140
    • Thurman Adams State Service Center, Public Health Clinic: 544 S. Bedford St., Georgetown DE 19947, 302-515-3174
    • Anna C. Shipley State Service Center, Public Health Clinic: 350 Virginia Ave., Seaford DE 19973, 302-628-6772
Find more screening information and locations See the anticipated school sampling schedule

 

Sampling Results

 

Questions?

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Send a message to the Delaware Department of Education and the Division of Public Health about Lead in Drinking Water