EPA Announces $58 million in Grant Funding to Reduce Lead in Schools and Childcare Facilities

Today (July 24), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $58 million in grant funding from President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to protect children from lead in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities. For the first time, activities that remove sources of lead in drinking water are eligible to receive funding through the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act. This grant funding is provided to states, territories, and Tribes and advances the Biden-Harris Administration’s Lead Pipe and Paint Action Plan.

EPA also released a revised implementation document for the voluntary School and Child Care Lead Testing and Reduction grant program. The grant program funds lead testing, compliance monitoring, and remediation projects to address lead in drinking water. Remediation projects include the removal, installation, and replacement of internal plumbing, lead pipes or lead connectors, faucets, water fountains, water filler stations, point-of-use devices, among others.