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Lead Sampling Program

Lead Sampling Program (2019-Current)

The Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”), with assistance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, has developed the Lead Sampling Program for Schools and Child Care Facilities (“Lead Sampling Program”) to help schools and child care facilities assess if there is a presence of lead in drinking water within their buildings.

This program is funded in part by the U.S. EPA's Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grant authorized under the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act and largely follows the U.S. EPA’s 3Ts guidance – Training, Testing, and Taking Action.

We invite you to learn more about the program by viewing our video. This will provide you a step-by-step guide on how to participate.

You can find the list of enrolled schools and child care facilities here.  This list is updated quarterly.

In 2017-2018, the IFA conducted the Lead Sampling Program for Schools. You can find more information on this previous program by viewing the Final Report and the Summary of Enrollment, Results and Remediation Data.


Lead Sampling Program Application:  Use this link to apply (application in WORD for your convenience here).

The IFA will accept applications for the Lead Sampling Program until October 23, 2023

Prior to submitting an application, please review the IFA Lead Sampling Program steps for Participants, to understand expectations.

Lead Sampling Program Educational Training

The Indiana Finance Authority (“IFA”) is offering free training for schools and child cares to learn more about lead in drinking water as part of the IFA’s free and voluntary Lead Sampling Program. For child care providers, this training will offer one hour of continuing education/ “one clock hour” towards Indiana’s Core Knowledge and Competency “Health, Safety and Nutrition” content area.

The free training will cover the basics of lead in drinking water, where it is found, the health effects of exposure, best practices to reduce the chances of exposure, and how the IFA’s Lead Sampling Program can help child care facilities assess if there is a presence of lead in the water within their buildings.

The IFA will be offering the free training session on October 6, 2023 at 1 PM EST. The training will last approximately one hour

Training Registration: Use this link to register


Why is sampling for lead in drinking water a priority?

Recent events have increased the visibility of the risks young children face when exposed to elevated levels of lead. Drinking water is one pathway through which children can be exposed to lead. By participating in this program, schools and child care facilities join Indiana in continuing to advance safe and healthy environments for our youngest Hoosiers.

Who is eligible to apply?

All Indiana public K-12 schools recognized by the Indiana Department of Education and all child care facilities recognized by the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration are eligible to apply for the program.

What does the program provide?

The Lead Sampling Program covers the cost of sampling bottles, postage to send the bottles to the facilities and to the laboratory once collected, plus the sample analysis cost. Schools and child care facilities are responsible for collecting samples and any costs associated with remediation actions identified by sampling. The IFA will provide sample collection training, as well as remediation guidance specific to each facility’s results.  Facilities that serve a Disadvantage Community may be eligible for financial assistance to help cover the cost of labor and parts related to remediation needs.  See separate fact sheet titled, Disadvantaged Community Assistance for the Lead Sampling Program.

What reporting requirements will be required?

Participants must make the sampling results available to the public by maintaining a copy of results in their offices or by posting the results online.

Program Resources

IFA Resources

IDEM Resources

EPA Resources

IDOH Resources

US Census Resources

IFA Lead Sampling Program in the News


Evan Fall
Project Manager, Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program

Sarah Hudson
Technical Assistance and Outreach Manager

Joanie Jones
Administrative Assistant

Stephanie McFarland
Media inquiries

Program Mailing Address:

100 North Senate Avenue, Rm. 1275
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Fax: 317-234-1338