Kentucky to receive $576K to identify lead sources in schools’ drinking water

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Thursday it is awarding $576,000 in grants to assist Kentucky with identifying sources of lead in drinking water in schools or child care facilities.

“Addressing childhood lead exposure from drinking water sources is a top EPA priority,” said EPA Region 4 Administrator Mary S. Walker. “EPA is proud to help Kentucky protect children and families from lead exposure and invest in thoughtful, preventative actions.”

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Under EPA’s new Voluntary Lead Testing in Schools and Child Care grant program, EPA has awarded $43.7 million in grants towards funding the implementation of testing for lead in drinking water.

This funding is a resource which creates or expands programs to test for lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs in the United States.

The information gathered will be given out to all parties and will be used to help reduce lead exposure by utilizing the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3T Guidance of Training, Testing and Taking Action.