Lead in Water
Illinois passed legislation that requires certain licensed child care centers and homes to test drinking water for lead and mitigate when necessary. Illinois Action for Children and our partners at the Environmental Defense Fund and Elevate Energy hosted a four part webinar series addressing lead in water overview, testing for lead in water, and mitigation strategies.
The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) has adopted final rules for licensed child care centers and homes to address lead in drinking water. Providers must collect samples from their sources of drinking water and send samples to an approved lab by May 1, 2019. More information can be found on our factsheet, or on the DCFS Sunshine website.
As of July 1, 2019, content from the Illinois Action for Children, Environmental Defense Fund, and Elevate Energy Lead in Water Webinars were combined into an i-Learning training module on the Gateways to Opportunities website.
Once you complete the training module, the credits will automatically appear on your Professional Development Record (PDR) and you will be able to immediately print a certificate for your DCFS Licensing Representative.
If you experience any technical difficulties, please contact INCCRRA.
If you took the Lead in Water training webinars prior to July 1, 2019 and have not received credit on your Gateways account, please email email@example.com with your full name, the date you took the webinars, and your Gateways ID Number.
These webinars are for educational and informational purposes only. To take the DCFS required training, click here.
During Part I: Lead in Water Overview, the presentation focused on the dangers and background of lead, including how to detect lead pipes in your home or day care center. Methods to reduce lead in water before testing were discussed to eliminate errors from the samples sent to the IEPA labs. The timeline for the new state requirements were outlined. Spanish PowerPoint | English PowerPoint
During Part II: Lead in Water Testing, the presentation was on preparing for lead in water sampling, sampling procedures including a short instructional video English | Spanish, interpreting the test results, and how to notify families of the results. English powerpoint | Spanish PowerPoint
Part III: Mitigation Strategies discussed updates on the DCFS requirements, and immediate, interim and permanent mitigation options. A case study was presented to help providers get a sense of the process of sampling, testing, and a mitigation strategy. Spanish PowerPoint | English PowerPoint
Part IV: Review and Mitigation Scenarios focused on mitigation strategies after test results have been received. The webinar began with a brief overview of our first 3 webinars. Important information was shared on how lead impacts children’s health and how it gets into drinking water. There was an overview of how to test your drinking water for lead, along with some short and long term strategies to reduce lead in water. Finally, a walk-through of a few mitigation scenarios was provided so you have a better understanding of the actions you can take if you have lead in your water. English PowerPoint | Spanish PowerPoint.
These letter templates will help you communicate with parents, staff, and DCFS about your lead in water test results and follow up actions.
1. Template Letter Notifying Parents that Your Facility will Test its Drinking Water for Lead | En Español
This is a template to help you write a letter that informs parents and guardians that you will be testing the drinking water at your facility for lead. This is the first letter you will send.
2. Template Letter for Communicating your Test Results if-Below-2.01 | En Español
This is a template to help you write a letter that informs parents and guardians of the results of your lead in water test. Use this version if all your test results were BELOW 2.01 ppb.
3. Template Letter for Communicating your Test Results if Above-2.01 | En Español
This is a template to help you write a letter that informs parents and guardians of your lead in water test results and the action/s you are taking (or plan to take) to reduce the risk of exposure to lead in drinking water. Use this version if any of your samples came back at 2.01 ppb or greater.
4. Template Letter for Communicating your Follow Up Test Results | En Español
This is a template to help you write a letter that informs parents and guardians of your follow up test results after implementing long-term mitigation actions. You will send if any of your initial lead in water tests reveal lead levels at 2.01 ppb or greater.
5. Template Letter for Communicating your Mitigation Plan | En Español
This is a template to help you write a letter that informs parents and guardians of your long term mitigation plans. Use this version if any of your samples came back at 2.01 ppb or greater.
Lead in Water Resource Program
(Presione aquí para información sobre el programa en Español)
Elevate Energy is proud to offer the following free resources to eligible providers in the City of Chicago:
• Reimbursement for lead in drinking water testing costs (up to $150)
• Free water pitcher certified to reduce lead in drinking water
• Free faucet mount filter certified to reduce lead in drinking water
Read the Lead in Water Resource Program Infosheet to see if you qualify for these resources.
• How to Test Your Water Instructional Video English | Spanish
• IEPA Approved Laboratories and Fact Sheet
• USEPA’s 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water Toolkit
• Water Sampling Do’s and Don’ts English | Spanish
• FAQ sheet lead in water rules English | Spanish
• Basic Lead Overview Factsheet English | Spanish
• Do Not Drink Sign English | Spanish
To keep in touch about upcoming in person trainings, new materials, and funding resources contact firstname.lastname@example.org