Lead & Copper in Drinking Water

Welcome to the VDH - Office of Drinking Water's lead & copper hub.  Please use the tabs below to navigate to the lead & copper information relevant to you.  

 Resources for Waterworks

Funding Information

Funding is available for both LSL Inventory and LSL Replacement projects under ODW's Lead Elimination Assistance Program (LEAP). To learn more, please visit the LEAP webpage by clicking the button below.

Technical Resources

The Lead and Copper Rule Revisions (LCRR) requires that your initial LSL Inventory must be submitted by October 16, 2024. ODW has developed and curated several documents to assist waterworks in navigating the LCRR requirements. Please visit the link below to view the latest guidance.

Links to Training

LCRR Technical Assistance

The Virginia Department of Health Office of Drinking Water is offering free technical assistance related to the requirements due by October 16, 2024. The technical assistance provider is TruePani, Inc. All waterworks in Virginia are welcome to inquire about assistance but priority will be given to waterworks serving 100 customers and less. Technical assistance topics include:

  • Guidance for Inventory
  • Strategies to Identify Unknown
  • Replacement Plan Guidance
  • Additional LCRR Training
  • Identify Schools and Child Care Facilities
  • Communications and Outreach
  • Guidance for VDH ODW Submission

Technical Assistance Hotline: 804-409-6964

Inquiry Form: bit.ly/VALCRRAssistance

Email: valcrr@truepani.com


WEBINAR:  Service Line Inventory Training hosted by VDH-ODW
(October 13, 2022)

Recording | Slides

WEBINAR:  Getting the Lead Out
(Coming Soon)

Recording | Slides

TUTORIAL:  How to Sample
(Coming Soon)

Recording | Slides

Resources for Schools and Daycares

Funding Information

  • The Office of Drinking Water is implementing a lead testing program aimed at providing funding, technical assistance, and guidance for schools and daycares seeking to test their drinking water for lead. Funding for this program comes from the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN Act) implemented by ODW to assist in providing assistance and funding for schools and daycares seeking aid. Currently, all public PreK-12 schools and licensed daycare facilities are encouraged to apply, with prioritization going to facilities meeting one or more of the following criteria:
    • Facilities constructed in or before 1988
    • Facilities serving children less than or equal to 6 years of age
    • Facilities with 50% or more of is served children receiving food assistance
    • Facilities that have never performed lead testing of their drinking water taps
  • Facilities interested in enrolling will be able to fill out an application that will be made available here soon.  In the meantime, please contact us at leadtestingprogram@vdh.virginia.gov

Lead Testing Program

Welcome to the Virginia Department of Health's (VDH) School and Child Care Lead Testing and Reduction Grant Program. Here you will find more information about our program, the guiding principles behind it, the funding resources associated with the program, and supplemental material for facilities wishing to participate.

This program adheres to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 3T's guidance for lead testing in school and child care facilities. Upon enrolling, facilities will be provided with everything they need to create their own lead testing plan. Our program, made possible by the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act (WIIN), provides free sampling kits and technical assistance for facilities to sample their faucets and fountains for lead presence. Once samples are collected, facility managers can use prelabeled return boxes to send samples to our state contracted labs for testing. The Office of Drinking Water provides funding through WIIN Grant 2105 for the remediation of those affected faucets as necessary. We encourage facilities to learn more about additional funding opportunities provided by the Office of Drinking Water.

  • Lead Testing Program Packet - Use this tool to assess your facility and make a plumbing profile which will help you create a plan to test faucets and fountains
  • eTracker - Use this tool to keep track of sampling locations, status, results, and remediation plans
  • Sampling Instructions - Follow these instructions when taking samples
  • EPA 3T's Guidance Manual - This comprehensive document contains everything needed to create your own lead testing plan

*We are in the process of creating a new enrollment portal for interested facilities. Please continue to watch this space for updates*

Contact Information

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at leadtestingprogram@vdh.virginia.gov. Direct contact information for our team can be found below:


For other information contact us here: https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/drinking-water/contact-us/

View drinking water data via our Drinking Water Viewer database here: https://vadwv.gecsws.com/