Drinking Water in Schools and Child Cares
MDH works with schools and child cares to protect and maintain drinking water quality. MDH provides education for teachers, parents, students and school professionals on drinking water.
MDH Role in School Drinking Water
- The MDH mission is to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. This includes partnering with drinking water systems, schools, and child cares to provide safe drinking water.
- MDH works to be as transparent as possible with sharing of information related to safe drinking water.
- MDH provides guidance and technical assistance to schools and child cares about how to test drinking water and take follow up actions.
Water System Role in School and Child Care Drinking Water
- Water systems provide water that meets or exceeds the Safe Drinking Water Act requirements.
- Water systems communicate water quality to customers through the annual consumer confidence report.
School/Child Care Role in Drinking Water
- Schools must follow state legislation to test drinking water for lead.
- Follow state and federal guidance on testing, taking action, and communicating about water quality to their communities.
- Maintain and manage water use, and plumbing materials in their facilities.
- Provide education to communities about their facilities.
- Requirements for schools to test for lead and communicate results to their communities.
- Opportunities for educators to learn about drinking water and engage their students on drinking water issues.
- Guidance for child cares to test for lead in school drinking water.
- Grant opportunities for schools and child cares to test for lead, apply for hydration stations and learn about resources for meeting state drinking water standards.
Resources for Meeting State Drinking Water Standards and Requirements
While most schools and child cares get their water from a municipal public water system, some facilities that have their own well(s) are required to meet the federal Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. Guidance for managing water in facilities that serve at least 25 of the same people over six months of the year.