Lead in Drinking Water
Terraphase provides clients with drinking water testing, consulting services, and compliance support under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Lead & Copper Rule, as well as turn-key water quality assessments to determine if water systems meet their respective Federal and State-specific primary and secondary MCLs.
Terraphase staff have direct experience in sampling drinking water systems in schools for lead. Our staff have conducted numerous environmental compliance investigations that include the collection of routine water quality assessments.
In California, Terraphase has been a leader in supporting water purveyors and school districts for the testing of lead in drinking water on school property. Our team currently supports water districts in the Bay Area and San Francisco with lead in drinking water sampling for schools under SWRCB-DDW Permit Amendments CA HSC Sec. 116277/Assembly Bill (AB) 746. We have supported numerous private schools and over 30 public school districts under this lead in schools drinking water state program. Since the fall of 2017, Terraphase has sampled over 600 schools and obtained over 6,000 water samples under this state program.
In Pennsylvania, we’ve recently begun a new 5-year program for the School District of Philadelphia providing testing for over 250 facilities under City of Philadelphia Code, Title 4, Section A-703.1 (amended). There is no current State Law requiring public schools to sample for lead in drinking water. However, Pennsylvania is currently considering legislation that would require the annual testing of all outlets in all schools and lower the lead standard to 5 µg/l.
Tools that we use include a web‐based smart tablet data collection format so that all paperwork, photos, and signatures gathered in the field are available on a cloud-based database. Our cloud-based approach to data collection and management provides our clients with real-time project tracking and provides an economical solution for water sampling that is scalable to any size school. A cloud-based approach also allows for the convenient sharing of data online thereby streamlining public outreach efforts.
Our experience has taught us that communicating details of sampling events in a “simple, detailed, non-alarming” manner is critical when explaining to site personnel the water sampling program and subsequent actions within the workplace and buildings, and most importantly, the water they are consuming.