Lead in Drinking Water


Since the 1980’s, EPA and its federal and state partners have phased out lead in gasoline, reduced lead in drinking water, reduced lead in industrial air pollution, and banned or limited lead used in consumer products, including paint.  States and municipalities have set up programs to identify and treat lead poisoned children and to rehabilitate deteriorated housing. 

Parents, too, have greatly helped to reduce lead exposures to their children by cleaning and maintaining homes, having their children’s blood levels checked, and promoting proper nutrition.  The EPA’s Lead Awareness Program continues to work to protect human health and the environment against the dangers of lead by developing regulations, conducting research, and designing educational outreach efforts and materials.  Other agencies including OSHA, CDC, and the Minnesota Department of Health have all been active in the ongoing attempt to reduce lead exposure in this country.

Health Effects

Coming in contact with lead can cause serious health problems for everyone. There is no safe level of lead. Babies, children under six years, and pregnant women are at the highest risk. Coming in contact with too much lead can damage the brain, kidneys, and nervous system. In children, lead can also slow development or cause learning, behavior, and hearing problems.


Lead is a highly toxic metal that was used for many years in products in and around our schools.  Exposure to lead may cause a range of health effects, from behavioral problems and learning disabilities, to, in cases of high level exposure, seizures and death.  The school district has implemented a Lead-in-Water and Lead-in-Paint Management program to reduce the potential for exposure in District buildings.