Free Water Testing Grant Application

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Drinking Water Program invites you participate in the Spring 2020 testing group.  In the wake of the Flint, MI lead crisis, congress has funded a grant program to assist schools in evaluating their drinking water supplies for the presence of lead.  DENR has secured funding through EPA to offer targeted public schools FREE lead testing at all fixtures used to supply drinking water to your students and staff.   This opportunity is limited to the first 40 schools that qualify.  Lead poses the highest amount of risk to young children and testing can be costly so we urge you to complete the enrollment application today to ensure your school(s) will be included in the Spring 2020 enrollment period.

EPA is requiring states to target schools with the most sensitive populations.  To do this, DENR is targeting elementary schools and districts with schools with 50% or more of their students eligible for free and reduced lunch assistance.   DENR coordinated with the SD Department of Education to compile a list of eligible school districts.  Click here to see if your district qualifies[Eligible School Districts] . DENR has partnered with 120WaterAudit to assist us in providing you with the expertise you need to ensure success.  Each eligible district will receive access 120’s software platform that will be tailored to track your individual district’s testing data, one-on-one technical support for sample planning and collection, sample analysis and remediation guidance at no cost. We know time demands on school staff are significant and have designed this program to be as simple as possible.  

Once enrolled and accepted, an online training for school staff will be available to further explain how to collect samples, interpret results and the best way to share your results with the public. You will have assistance from beginning to end. 

Additional information is provided at the following website Lead In Schools to learn more about the program and requirements for participants.

If more than one school is eligible in your district, please complete an application for each school you plan to enroll. After submitting the application, you will receive a confirmation email. Please contact Erin Fagnan at Erin.Fagnan@state.sd.us  or (605)-394-6780 with any questions.

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* 1. Please tell us the name of your school district

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* 2. How many schools would you like to enroll in our program?

*Eligible Schools are Elementary Schools with 50% or more of their students eligible for free and reduced lunch assistance.

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* 3. Please list Names of Eligible Schools:

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* 4. Please tell us the name of your water provider or utility:

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* 5. Please provide us with contact information (Name, Email, Phone)

Program Owner: This person will be the direct point of contact for the day to day communications, sampling activities and remediation services.  Essentially the 'boots on the ground' person at the district. This person is often the Facilities Manager or Buildings and Grounds Manager.

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* 6. Please provide us with contact information (Name, Email, Phone)

Program Collaborators
: Aside from the Program Owner, who should receive results letters when sampling is complete: This person is often the School District Business Managers, District Superintendent, School Principal or Media Relations/Public Relations Team.

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