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Title 18 : Health

Chapter 024A : LEAD IN DRINKING WATER OF SCHOOLS AND CHILD CARE FACILITIES

(Cite as: 18 V.S.A. § 1243)
  • § 1243. Testing of drinking water

    (a) Scope of testing.

    (1) Each school district, supervisory union, or independent school in the State shall collect a drinking water sample from each outlet in the buildings it owns, controls, or operates and shall submit the sample to the Department of Health for testing for lead contamination as required under this chapter.

    (2) Each child care provider in the State shall collect a drinking water sample from each outlet in a child care facility it owns, controls, or operates for lead contamination as required under this chapter.

    (b) Initial sampling.

    (1) On or before December 31, 2021, each school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider in the State shall collect a first-draw sample and a second flush sample from each outlet in each building or facility it owns, controls, or operates. Sampling shall occur during the school year of a school district, supervisory union, or independent school.

    (2) At least five days prior to sampling, the school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider shall notify all staff and all parents or guardians of students directly in writing or by electronic means of:

    (A) the scheduled sampling;

    (B) the requirements for testing, why testing is required, and the potential health effects from exposure to lead in drinking water;

    (C) information, provided by the Department of Health, regarding sources of lead exposure other than drinking water;

    (D) information regarding how the school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider shall provide notice of the sample results; and

    (E) how the school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider shall respond to sample results that are at or above the action level.

    (3) The Department may adopt a schedule for the initial sampling by school districts, supervisory unions, independent schools, and child care providers.

    (c) Continued sampling. Beginning January 1, 2021, each school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider in the State shall sample each outlet in each building or facility it owns, controls, or operates for lead according to a schedule adopted by the Department by rule under section 1247 of this title.

    (d) Interim methodology. Prior to adoption of the rules required under section 1247 of this title, sampling under this section shall be conducted according to a methodology established by the Department of Health, provided that the methodology shall be at least as stringent as the sampling methodology provided for under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and shall include a requirement for a first draw sample and a second flush sample.

    (e) Waiver.

    (1) The Commissioner shall waive the requirement that a school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider sample drinking water under this section upon a finding that the school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider:

    (A) completed sampling of all outlets in each building or facility it owns, controls, or operates on or after November 1, 2017;

    (B) conducted sampling according to a methodology consistent with the Department methodology established under subsection (d) of this section; and

    (C) implemented or scheduled remediation that ensures that drinking water from all outlets is not at or above the action level.

    (2) A school district, supervisory union, independent school, or child care provider that receives a waiver under this subsection shall be eligible for assistance from the State for the costs of remediation that has been implemented or scheduled as a result of sampling conducted after April 22, 2019.

    (f) Laboratory analysis. The analyses of drinking water samples required under this chapter shall be conducted by the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory or by a certified laboratory under contract to the Department. (Added 2019, No. 66, § 1, eff. June 17, 2019; amended 2019, No. 133 (Adj. Sess.), § 2.)