State of Washington, Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
12/20/18 4:00 PM
Grants to Washington K-12 school districts to help schools replace drinking water fixtures that contribute to high levels of lead in drinking water. Funding may be used for new bubblers, water fountains, and kitchen taps. Districts may request funds to replace fixtures with lead content equal to or greater than 1 ppb, for one or more schools.
The Legislature appropriated $1 million in the 2017-2019 capital budget for OSPI to administer a Drinking Water Fixture Replacement grant program. This grant program will help schools replace lead-contaminated drinking water fixtures that contribute to unacceptable levels of lead in their drinking water. Funds are only available to school districts that had their drinking water tested after January 2018. Testing must be done by the Department of Health (DOH) and samples analyzed by the DOH Public Health Lab or sampled and tested by other service providers according to the criteria posted on the Healthy Kids Healthy Schools drinking water fixture replacement grant webpage.
The Department of Health notified all Educational Service Districts and School District superintendents in January 2018 that a program for testing and analyzing drinking water for lead was available, at no cost to school districts. The DOH testing services are available for public schools, prioritized based on youngest children, oldest buildings and those schools (elementary) that have not been tested in the last three years. Additional school buildings at the same district may be sampled if requested.
Grants will replace existing fixtures with like fixtures (new bubbler for an old bubbler, new kitchen tap (faucet) for an old kitchen tap, new water fountain for an old water fountain).
Districts may request replacement funds for all fixtures with lead content equal to or greater than 1 ppb, for one or more schools.
Information for Schools - Lead in School Drinking Water: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Contaminants/Lead/LeadinSchools
How to Identify Lead Free Certification Marks for Drinking Water System & Plumbing Products: https://nepis.epa.gov/Exe/ZyPDF.cgi?Dockey=P100LVYK.txt
GrantWatch ID#: 166724
There is no maximum dollar value for a district or a school request.
The full grant amount must be spent prior to December 30, 2019.
Districts that have not used the sampling and testing services offered by DOH must have had the water tested after January 2018 and met the minimum criteria listed below:
- The drinking water must be sampled in the morning after a day of regular use (no Mondays or days after holidays)
- Must have used a first draw with a 250 ml bottle and had it analyzed at a certified lab
- Only samples on taps (faucets) and bubblers in hallways or classrooms, or bubblers in a cafeteria/multi-purpose room used as a lunch room and taps/bottle fillers/scrubbers in kitchens are eligible (i.e. no bathroom sinks or administrative/staff taps are eligible for a grant).
Grants are for procurement of fixtures only. Currently the grant program will not pay for in-house or contracted labor associated with removal of existing fixtures or installation of new fixtures. The grant will not fund the replacement of a water fountain with a water cooler or a water bottle filling station.
Grants are not for water system piping or system equipment replacement or for adding new water outlets and fixtures.
Grants are not for adding filtering systems.
Grants will be awarded in three rounds. Districts may apply in more than one round, but only in one round per school. The maximum granted in the first and second round will be $333,000 (1/3 of the $1 million each. The third round may grant the remaining balance.
A District may request funds in one, two or all three of the grant rounds. An application may include a request for replacement fixtures at more than one school and in more than one lead level (1-9ppb, 10-19 ppb, =/> 20 ppb).
District applications are required to be submitted in iGrants Form Package 814, fiscal year 18-19. Please remember to allow enough time after completing the application to have your grant contract administrator approve the application. This is an internal step that must be done before the application is sent to OSPI.
- ZOOM meeting announcing the grant: May 15, 2018
- IGrants application opens: May 29, 2018
- Round 1 application due date: June 19, 2018 by 4pm
- Round 2 application due date: July 31, 2018 by 4pm
- Round 3 application due date: December 20, 2018 by 4pm
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/iGrants
Nancy Johns, Coordinator, School Facilities and Organization
Phil Partington, Regional Coordinator, School Facilities and Organization
School Facilities and Organization
600 Washington Street SE
P.O. Box 47200
Olympia, WA 98504-7200