Maine Schools To Start New Required Lead Testing In Water

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine schools are required to test drinking water for lead this year due to a new state law.

The previous rule was that only schools that provided their own water through wells were required to undergo regular testing. That was due to federal law.

The Maine Drinking Water Program is coordinating the new lead testing program, and it's scheduled to start Oct. 1, the Portland Press Herald reported. The program will run through the end of May.

Schools must take inventory of fixtures that are used for drinking and cooking. They must also collect and label water samples and send them to a state-designated lab.

The new effort is the result of legislation that passed in 2019.