Lead Exposure In Day Care Drinking Water

Keep the children in your care safe from lead-contaminated drinking water by employing Benchmark Environmental Engineering in San Jose, California, to carry out swift and accurate water testing at your childcare facility. Don’t be caught non-compliant to current child safety laws. You owe it to yourself and the families who are entrusting the care of their children to you to provide the safest possible environment, including the water kids play in and drink.

Handwashing, arts and crafts, formula preparation, snack times and more can be a source of lead exposure instead of healthy fun and nutrition. Our experienced professionals will make testing your facility’s drinking water a simple process so that you can take any steps that might be needed to secure the safety of the little ones that are in your care.

  • Child Care Facilities
  • Daycare Centers
  • Early Learning Facilities
  • Preschools
  • Montessori Schools
  • Private Schools
  • Public Schools
  • Charter Schools

How Dangerous Is Lead In Drinking Water?

The bottom line is that there are no acceptable levels of lead in drinking water. While some adults may not notice the effects right away, children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of consuming lead in their drinking water, especially those under six years of age.

Lead can have a significant impact on both the physical and behavioral aspects of a growing child. It is shown to have a profound effect on the central nervous system and can cause lasting damage over time.

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Stunted Growth & Shorter Stature
  • Impaired Hearing & Vision
  • Impaired Function Of Blood Cells
  • Lower IQ
  • Hyperactivity
  • Anemia
  • Seizures
  • Coma Or Death In Extreme Cases

Why Drinking Water Testing Is Crucial

Lead is most often found in drinking water sources in structures built before more stringent statutes were put in place to protect people. Residential, commercial, and educational buildings constructed before 1986, for example. A common source of lead in water is older buildings that used lead pipes in their plumbing. Contamination can also be caused by pipes deteriorating over time.

The source of lead exposure may even be the faucets that deliver drinking water and other similar hardware, like spigots and drinking fountains. All sources of water in your child care or daycare space must be tested. Then, if necessary, steps can be taken to resolve any lead contaminants present to avoid health implications, especially in children.

New Safety & Testing Standards For Child Care Facilities

New guidelines have been put into place that require childcare facilities and schools to have lead in water testing done and to remedy any contamination that may be present. For all licensed child care centers that occupy a space that was constructed prior to January 1st, 2010:

  • Lead in water testing is required.
  • Testing must be repeated every five years.
  • Initial testing must be concluded between January 1st, 2020 & January 1st, 2023.
  • Health and safety training is required of at least one director or teacher – include instruction on how to prevent lead exposure.
  • Corrective measures are required upon confirmation of lead-contaminated water sources.

Initial water testing and maintenance testing services afterward in the San Jose area are simple when you rely on Benchmark Environmental Engineering. We can test your childcare facility’s drinking water and then retest once remediation efforts are complete.

Water Testing For Your Peace Of Mind

Don’t wait. Get peace of mind and proof of compliance today. Benchmark Environmental Engineering in San Jose, California, is dedicated to helping you keep your childcare business and the children that you care for safe from lead contamination in the drinking water. Contact our offices today to schedule testing for your facility.

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