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File #: 71176    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Board of Health Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 4/28/2022 In control: BOARD OF HEALTH FOR MADISON AND DANE COUNTY
On agenda: Final action: 5/9/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Board of Health for Madison and Dane County Resolution #2022-10 Resolution to enter into a contract with and accept funds from WI Department of Health Services for Lead-in-Water Testing Remediation project for childcare facilities
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Board of Health for Madison and Dane County Resolution #2022-10 Resolution to enter into a contract with and accept funds from WI Department of Health Services for Lead-in-Water Testing Remediation project for childcare facilities
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The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) has reached out to Public Health Madison and Dane County (PHMDC) to ask for assistance on a lead-in-water testing and remediation project for childcare facilities. DHS has identified 45 eligible facilities in Dane County. Eligible facilities are licensed childcare centers that serve at least 20 children and are located in census tracts where 25% or more of the families with young children are considered to be living in poverty. This project is funded by a grant that would provide $1,200 for every center that is sampled. PHMDC expects to be able to complete sampling work for 15 centers in 2022. If the project continues to be funded, PHMDC hopes to complete sampling activities in the remaining centers by the end of 2024. The funds offered in the grant should be sufficient to cover PHMDC expenses to perform this work in 2022.

In addition to funds that are earmarked for sampling, DHS has secured funding to make corrections at the centers where high amounts of lead are found in the water. The changes implemented will range from replacing drinking fountains and water faucets to posting signs on water sources that are unlikely to be used for drinking. Each center will be allowed up to $1,000 to make necessary changes to provide lead-safe drinking water in the center.

In the past, PHMDC has communicated with schools and childcare centers about the need to address lead in water through sampling and mitigation. However, with no financial assistance to help with mitigating identified problems, childcare facilities are reluctant to take action. Now that resources are available, the department has the opportunity address this situation and help ensure that facilities requiring remedia...

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