NY Launches Program to Test Drinking Water for Lead

BENTON, ME - DECEMBER 8: Water comes out of a new faucet at Benton Elementary School. The school had high lead levels when their water was tested and have since replaced many of the faucets and water fountains. (Photo by Brianna Soukup/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

The Department of Health is launching a pilot program that will allow New Yorkers to have their drinking water tested for lead, free of charge.   

Lead poisoning can affect a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. During pregnancy, exposure to lead may contribute to low birth weight, preterm delivery, miscarriage, and developmental delays in infants.

The program will be available for residents that are served by either a private well or public water system.

CLICK HERE for more information and to request a testing kit.

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