State and county agencies are offering all licensed childcare providers free testing kits to screen for lead in drinking water systems.
The program is funded by a $418,000 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in partnership with the state Environmental Protection division, the division of Public and Behavioral Health and Washoe County’s health district.
A spokesman said first priority is to providers in historically underserved and disadvantaged communities. All providers will receive enrollment information from the contractor, TruPani.
Test results and follow-up support will be available to be shared with parents and caregivers.
NDEP Deputy Administrator Jennifer Carr said over the past four years, NDEP has provided lead testing at nearly 500 K-12 schools in the state. She said young children are particularly vulnerable to health problems caused by exposure to lead contamination.
Most at-risk from exposure are those in buildings built before 1989.