Research shows that exposure to significant levels of lead can have lasting, harmful effects on a person. In children, the effects can negatively affect not only physical health but also mental health and learning abilities. Unfortunately, in many cases exposure to lead may occur without a person even knowing it.
To address this concern and help ensure the safety of Arkansas’ children, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is offering schools and daycares the opportunity to test their drinking water for lead. The testing is free thanks to a $420,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that will cover the costs of the tests. This initiative is a partnership between the ADE and the Arkansas Department of Health (ADH).
Schools are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to ensure their students’ learning environments are safe and promote health and learning. To apply for the tests, complete the following application.
To learn more, click on the links below.
For more information, please contact:
Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation
One Capitol Mall, Suite 4D-200
Little Rock, AR 72201