Child Care Providers/Parents


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As a partner, GCWW will:

  • Verify the material of service lines providing water to the facility
  • Provide water testing kits, free of charge
  • Analyze the samples, free of charge
  • Collect follow-up samples, if needed
  • Assist with a remediation plan, if needed
  • Create a communications plan about the testing and results


To be an effective partner, the child care provider will:

  • Create a sampling plan that identifies all drinking and cooking water outlets
  • Collect samples following the protocol outlined in the U.S. EPA document
  • Review the test results with GCWW staff
  • Develop and implement a remediation plan, if needed


See Frequently Asked Questions below.

GCWW Awarded Grant by Ohio EPA
Grant Will Help Replace Lead Service Lines for Licensed Child Care Facilities


Press Release


All childcare grant funds have been used to replace over 210 lead service lines. For information on future opportunities or how to team up with GCWW to ensure safe drinking water at your facility please call 513-651-LEAD (5323).

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What has prompted a review of lead in water systems across the nation?

What has Greater Cincinnati Water Works been doing regarding the issue of lead?

Why is there a focus on child care facilities?

How might a child care facility’s children and staff be exposed to lead?

Where can I find out more information about sampling for lead in child care facilities?

Does GCWW provide sampling assistance?

Where should I sample?

When should I take a sample?

Where can I get sampling bottles?

How long will it take to receive the sample results?

What happens if the sample results indicate detections of lead?

Will I receive my results in writing?

What should I tell the families and parents at the child care facility about the sampling?

What will GCWW do with the sample results?