Covered entities are required to test for lead in drinking water during the designated 2021-2022 testing year by June 30, 2022, as outlined on the New Jersey Department of Education’s Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water webpage, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4, according to the New Jersey Department of Education.

They will also have to test for lead by June 30 every third school year thereafter (e.g., the next designated statewide testing year will be the 2024-2025 school year). To support districts in implementing the requirements, the NJDOE has released the following:

For additional background on requirements governing testing for lead in school drinking water, and more information, refer to the NJDOE’s complete memo.