PDC Laboratories is a water testing lab providing school lead testing in Illinois and Missouri. We are a TNI-accredited environmental testing lab.
Illinois Schools Lead Testing Facts
ILLINOIS SENATE BILL 0550
Schools built prior to 1/1/1987 had to comply by 12/31/2017.
Schools built between 1/2/1987 and 1/1/2000 had to comply by 12/31/2018.
Schools built after 1/1/2000 are currently not covered under this law.
Note: Analysis must be done by an accredited laboratory.
Sampling required for schools “occupied by more than 10 children or students—Pre-kindergarten through 5th grade.”
Two samples must be collected from each “source of potable water."
Note: Potable water, as defined in the law, by “Source of potable water means the point at which non-bottled water that may be ingested by children or used for food preparation exits any tap, faucet, drinking fountain, wash basin in a classroom occupied by children or students under grade 1, or similar point of use; provided, however, that all (a) bathroom sinks and (b) wash basins used by janitorial staff are excluded from this definition.”
Required sample container volume is 250ml.
The first sample is a “first flush” and the second sample is after 30 seconds of flushing subsequent to the first flush sample.
As part of our school lead testing program, PDC Laboratories will provide all proper sample containers and sample collection paperwork. Due to the collection site of a school, required acid preservatives will be added to the containers after they are received at the laboratory.
Samples must be delivered to the laboratory so that the laboratory receives them no later than 10 days from the date of collection. This allows the lab time to properly preserve the samples.
After receipt of results from the laboratory, the results should be emailed to IDPH at [email protected].
Learn more about lead testing in schools.
Contact us if you have questions:
Steve Julien, Project Manager