Stories about lead-contaminated drinking water and potential public health impacts have received much attention recently. But lead-based paint remains the most widespread and dangerous source of exposure. Other sources of contamination are soil and the air. While lead exposure risks from drinking water are low, we want to provide the public with clear information about the potential negative health effects. Your doctor can help you decide if you or your child should be tested for lead. You may also want to test the water, dirt and paint in your home to see if they contain lead. Below are resources about lead exposure and testing. 


Lead Resources

For Providers

  • Who Should Have Blood Lead Testing: Learn who should be tested, what are the risk factors and how to use the Lead Exposure Index Model mapping.
  • Blood Lead Test Reporting: Learn who is responsible for reporting blood lead results, how to report and the process of reporting.
  • Blood Lead Case Management: Learn when to re-test, what other tests and labs should be completed, when to take a home environmental assessment and what education should be provided to parents.
  • Health Advisories: Learn about the advisories that have been faxed and emailed to medical providers thus far.

For Parents/Guardians

Other Resources

Tacoma Public Schools (253) 571-1015(253) 571-1015: Get updates from Tacoma Public Schools on water quality testing.

Tacoma Public Utilities (253) 502-8207(253) 502-8207: Learn more about water quality and Tacoma Water. 

Washington State Department of Health: Learn what lead is, how you are exposed, who is at risk for lead poisoning, what are the health effects, how to get tested, how to prevent exposure and what are lead notification laws for landlords and homesellers. Also, learn about Common Sources of Lead Poisoning and Lead in Drinking Water.

United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Learn more about lead and how to test drinking water, renovate safely and find a lead-safe certified renovation firm.

Dirt Alert Program: Learn about arsenic and lead in the soil.

Accredited Laboratories: If you are concerned about lead in your water and want to pursue testing, please be sure to use an accredited laboratory.

Check your child's toys for lead at HealthyStuff.org or US Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For more information call (253) 798-6470(253) 798-6470 or email us.