EPA $6M Grant for Lead Testing at California Daycare Centers

August 6, 2020, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded a $6,137,000 grant to the California Department of Social Services to support testing for lead in drinking water at child daycare centers.


AB 2370 was signed into law in September 2018 and was effective as of January 1, 2019.    The law does not directly impact public water systems.   The law has two basic components regarding lead exposure at child daycare centers:

  1. Day care centers are required to provide parents or guardians with written information on the following:
    1. Risks and effects of lead exposure,
    2. Blood lead testing recommendations and requirements, and
    3. Options for obtaining blood lead testing.
  2. Day care centers located in a building constructed on or before January 1, 2010 must test for lead in drinking water between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2023, and every five years thereafter.

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) in consultation with the California Department of Public Health developed the written information required in item #1 above.  That material was posted on the CDSS web site (https://ccc.caltech.edu/files/2019/03/AB-2370-Lead-Bill-Flyer-CCLPO2.pdf).

Laboratories are to electronically send the lead results to the SWRCB and the SWRCB is required to post the results on its web site.  If the results indicate “elevated” levels of lead, the day care center is to immediately stop using that source of drinking water. CDSS is required to consult with the SWRCB regarding sample collection and any changes regarding the lead Action Level.  According to the Division of Drinking Water’s (DDW) Regulatory Priorities for 2019, DDW recommended that CDSS use a lead Action Level of 5 µg/L for this program.

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Dr. Askenaizer leads WQTS’ work on regulatory compliance support for many of our water agencies clients. Dr. Askenaizer tracks water quality and treatment regulations at the Federal and State levels and provides regulatory updates to our clients. Dr. Askenaizer has strong expertise in the development of Regulatory Monitoring and Compliance Plans (RMCPs), which he has completed for a number of water agencies. He has also been working on a number of projects dealing with the development of distribution system monitoring plans and review of nitrification control strategies. Prior to joining WQTS, Dr. Askenaizer was the Water Quality Manager for the Glendale Water and Power. Under his leadership, the Water Quality Group conducted a demonstration-scale study of chlorite for nitrification control and a pilot-scale study of biological treatment for removal of nitrate. Dan has 30 years of experience working on projects dealing with regulatory, water quality and public health issues. Dan has given numerous presentations at workshops and round-tables across the country for water utilities. Dan was instrumental in developing and implementing a Mentoring Program for water staff and was involved in a Sustainable Development team.