Lead Testing Opportunity

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 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. Reimbursement for remediation may be available on a case-by-case basis.  To apply, submit the application below.

Lead Testing Application

To learn more, click on the links below.

Letter from ADE Secretary Johnny Key and ADH Secretary Nate Smith
Lead Testing Video 1: Training
Lead Testing Video 2: Testing
Lead Testing Video 3: Taking Action
EPA’s 3 Ts (Training, Testing, and Taking Action)
3Ts Communication Resources
Lead Testing Workplan
Quality Assurance Plan
Drinking Water Safety: Lead and Copper

For more information, please contact:

Tim Cain, Director
Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation
One Capitol Mall, Suite 4D-200
Little Rock, AR 72201
(501) 682-4261
Email: Tim.Cain@ade.arkansas.gov

Kathy McFarland, Environmental Health Specialist
4815 W. Markham Street, Slot 37Little Rock, AR 72205
(501) 661-2623
Email: kathy.mcfarland@arkansas.gov