The NHDES Drinking Water & Groundwater Bureau released the following information today in their newsletter: "SB247 Lead Testing Update School and childcare facility lead in drinking water test results. Source: SB24Lead in DW Data recieved to date Approximately 860 childcare facilities and 630 public and private schools were required to test all drinking water locations for stagnant lead by July 1, 2019, under New Hampshire’s Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning from Paint and Water. As of June, 70% of schools and 33% of childcare facilities had completed their first round of testing. Eighty-five percent (85%) of samples were below five parts per billion (ppb), and 95% were below EPA’s action level of 15 ppb for public water systems (see map). NHDES’ goal is to remediate all locations testing at one ppb or above to prevent ANY lead exposure to children. Resources and results reported to the state may be reviewed at the NHDES Lead in Drinking Water webpage under the SB247 heading. See “SB247 Lead in DW Data Received to Date” to see which schools and facilities have tested. This spring, the New Hampshire Department of Education (NHDOE) and NHDES began administering a 50% lead remediation reimbursement grant program for schools to remediate all faucets testing at five ppb or above. Funding was provided by the Drinking Water and Groundwater Trust Fund. Total available grant funding is $1.6 million for abatement in K-12 schools. As of the end of June, 12 grant applications had been submitted requesting a total of $135,776. Applications are expected to pick up after the end of the school year, when facilities can perform the required plumbing upgrades. Grant application forms and instructions are available at the NHDES Lead in Drinking Water (see link above) and the NHDOE Lead Removal Grant webpage"