Lead testing program offered to residents for free

Lead testing program offered to residents for free
Posted at 12:47 PM, Mar 01, 2017

Residents that are served by a private well or public water system will have the opportunity to have their drinking water tested for lead for free.

The new pilot program announced by the New York State Department of Health will allow residents to collect and send samples to a participating laboratory within 30 days of receiving a kit. The lab will analyze the samples and mail the results back within 30 days of the date the sample was received. The program will continue as long as funds are available.

"This program will increase access to lead testing across the state," said Commissioner of Health Dr. Howard Zucker. "Residents can take the opportunity, free of charge, to test their tap water for lead and based on the results, make informed decisions about their drinking water to best protect their health and that of their loved ones."

If you are interested in participating, you can sign up on the Department's website.