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Lead in the District

What is lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring metal that can be found in all parts of our environment. Lead-contaminated dust and particles can exist in the air, the soil, the water, or the ground surfaces where people walk and play. When lead is ingested, it is toxic and harmful to humans, even in small amounts.

Who is at Risk?

  • Children who are 6 years old and younger are at the greatest risk when exposed to lead, because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults.
  • Pregnant women and nursing mothers should avoid exposure to lead to protect their children.

Children & Families
Lead testing, childcare program, schools drinking water, interagency task force. Read More>>

Lead - Property Owners & LandlordsTenants & Property Owner
Know your rights as a tenant and a property owner. Read More>>

lead - Contractors & BusinessesBusinesses, Contractors, & Property Owners - Regulated Community
Get help with adhering to the District’s lead laws and with various forms and documents. Seek assistance with hiring certified contractors, permitting, certification, and lead-safe work requirements. Read More>>

lead - Contractors & BusinessesLead Testing and Screening Information
For insightful data and recent findings on childhood lead exposure, access annual Childhood Lead Screening Reports: 

Lead - Health Care ProvidersHealth Care Providers
Know the official District recommendations on the diagnosis and management of lead toxicity in children, the lead screening guidelines according to District law, and important documents. Read More>>

Energy Efficiency and Remediation Program (EERP)
This program uses HUD funds to assist eligible households with lead hazard reduction activities. The primary purpose is to maximize the number of children under the age of six protected from lead poisoning in the District. Read More>>

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