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Lead Sampling in School Facilities

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NOTE: If your school is a Public Water System (Non-transient non-community) please refer to the “Public Water Systems” page for additional regulatory guidance.

If you are a Child Care Center and your water is supplied by a community water system, please note that guidance material is currently under development to aid in complying with the Department of Children and Families, Office of Licensing (DCF-OOL) new lead and copper sampling requirements. Contact DCF-OOL for further information.


The Department of Education lead testing regulations are at N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4, with additional definitions at 6A:26-1.2. The notice of adoption was filed on July 13th.

Helpful Information:

Water System Sampling Results
Most water systems test for lead as a regular part of water monitoring. These tests give a system-wide picture and do not reflect conditions at a specific drinking water outlet

  • NJ public water systems sampling results may be found at NJ Drinking Water Watch.
  • You may also request a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) from your water supplier
  • If you are uncertain who your water supplier is, look it up here.

Flush your pipes before drinking, and only use cold water for cooking and drinking.
Anytime the water in a particular faucet has not been used for six hours or longer, flush your cold-water pipes by running the water until it becomes cold.

(Documents updated 7/21/2016)

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