K-12 schools in California can receive free testing for lead under new guidelines announced today by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already requires public water systems to test for lead at customers’ taps, targeting the highest risk homes based on the age of their plumbing. There is no lead pipe in Helix’s water distribution system, including water mains and service lines to homes and buildings, and the district is in full compliance with the Lead and Copper Rule.

But the rule does not require testing for schools and businesses. The state water board’s new guidelines ensure schools that want lead testing can receive it for free by requiring community water systems, including Helix Water District, to test school drinking water upon written request by school officials.

Read the State Water Resources Control Board press release