The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the Indiana Finance Authority a $544,000 grant to identify and reduce lead in school drinking water.
The grant is part of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act signed into law in December 2016.
The grant will fund Phase II of the IFA’s Lead Sampling Program, a voluntary program that provides free lead testing for public schools and childcare facilities recognized by the Indiana Department of Education and the Family and Social Services Administration.
As of July, 10 schools have signed up for Phase II of the program.
During Phase I of testing in the 2017-2018 school year, 60% of schools enrolled in the testing program. Of those schools, 62% had at least one fixture with lead levels over 15 parts per billion.