PUTNAM COUNTY, N.Y. -- Putnam County residents can get free lead tests of their homes' drinking water under a state program, the county's health department announced.
The state health department is covering the tests due to a $1.5 million pilot program that it started earlier in February, the county department notes, adding that the tests will cover both public water and well water.
"The testing is performed on two water samples that the resident collects at home," the county health department states. "Both are easy to collect. One is a “first-draw” sample after the water has not been run for an extended period of time; the second is a “flush” sample collected after running the water."
Information on participating in the free lead-testing program can be found here.
The county health department's FAQ on dealing with lead in drinking water can be read here.