City & School Department resources
City of Newton’s Drinking Water Page – Includes links to letters to the community, testing results, and a short FAQ on lead in our drinking water.
From the Burr-remediation plan: “Families and community members with questions or feedback can email the school department at firstname.lastname@example.org. Community members who would like to receive updates should send an email to the address above to be included on all future communications.”
NPS website on Burr Elementary water testing and remediation
Information about lead poisoning and lead in our drinking water
Lead Safe America – Lead Safe America is a non-profit organization that provides outreach and education for the prevention of early childhood lead poisoning.
Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Boston Children’s Hospital – The Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Boston Children’s Hospital coordinates the care of children and adolescents exposed to a wide range of environmental toxins, including lead. Co-directed by Alan Woolf, MD, MPH.
Information about testing
We encourage you to get your own water tested at home. The MassDEP has a searchable directory of MassDEP-certified laboratories, and a FAQ about private drinking water testing. The MWRA also has a list of MassDEP certified labs and it is more user friendly because it lists prices and turn-around times. Here are two good options from the list:
- A good option is the Mass DPH (Dept. of Public Health) Chemistry Lab at 305 South St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130. Just call them at 617-983-6654 and request a sample collection kit. You will receive clear instructions and three quart sized bottles to fill with water from your kitchen sink first thing in the morning before the water has been used. Just drop them back at the Jamaica Plain lab and wait for your results. The cost is $80.
- Update July 19, 2016: the option through city hall has been discontinued. See the Tab article.
$20 GeoLabs option: Go to the customer service desk at city hall, 1000 commonwealth avenue in Newton, and pick up GeoLabs sample collection bottles and form. Fill your samples at home, fill out the form, and return them to city hall with a check for $20 per sample. Then wait for your results.
NPR has a guide to determine if your service line is lead.
For testing the soil around your home for lead, UMassAmherst Soil & Plant Nutrient Testing Lab will do it for $15 per sample. See their website for more information.
Resources for Schools and Daycares
A list of MASSDEP Resources and Guidance for Schools and Early Education and Care Facilities. Of particular note from this list are:
- Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water
- Lead in School Drinking Water Program Presentation Slides and accompanying notes.
- Follow-up Steps for Schools or Child Care Facilities Based on Lead and Copper Sampling Results
- Manual Flushing Log