Some low-cost lead in water test kits are available online or in stores and some water utilities or local health departments also offer test kits for lead in water. We recommend that you test your water for lead whether you use the test kit offered on this website or a different kit that provides detailed information about the levels of lead in your drinking water.
Different from other lead tests, our kit, designed by HBBF and Virginia Tech, provides detailed results and customized action steps on what to do about your results. Our goal is to help you take effective actions to reduce exposures after receiving your results. Your test results will come with a clear list of steps you can take to protect your family.
By using this kit you are also participating in a collaborative, crowd-sourced research project on water quality that can influence national policy, helping HBBF, our partner organizations, and Virginia Tech in their work to ensure safe drinking water for everyone.
This Lead in Water Test Kit is unique in four ways:
- Your samples are analyzed by Dr. Marc Edward’s laboratory at Virginia Tech, the group that uncovered lead contamination in Flint, Michigan and Washington, DC.
- With your test results you receive a customized report with concrete actions you can take to reduce exposures for you and your family.
- The kit includes 3 water samples, to help target actions that can best reduce exposures for your particular situation.
- You are part of a collaborative research project that will help strengthen drinking water safety policies nationally.
But no matter which kit you use, we recommend that you test your water, especially if you live in a home built before 1986.