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When deciding which long-term mitigation strategies to implement at problematic fixtures, remember to consider how lead gets into drinking water. This includes investigating whether your facility is connected to a lead service line and reviewing your lead in water test results.

Don’t forget to list your planned long-term mitigation strategies on your mitigation plan and to retest your water after implementing these actions. For additional guidance on mitigation strategies, explore the USEPA’s 3T’s guidance for child care facilities.

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Remember these tips as you select long-term mitigation strategies for your facility:

  • If only your first draw sample tests positive for lead, there is probably lead in the fixture like a sink faucet or a drinking fountain. Focus on mitigation strategies that address the fixture.
  • If only your 30-second flush sample tests positive for lead, then the situation is more complicated, as the lead is likely coming from a source further upstream in the internal plumbing system. Focus on mitigation strategies that address plumbing.
  • If both your first draw and 30-second flush samples test positive for lead, you will need to consider strategies that address both your fixture and plumbing.

Long-Term Mitigation Strategies