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104 James Street, Utica
10:00am – 3:00pm
Bring a soil sample in a zip top plastic bag and we will screen it for lead!

Learn How to Collect a Sample

In person on October 23rd

  • 11:00am at Sculpture Space, 12 Gates Street, Utica 

  • 1:00pm in the MVLA Garden, 30 Scott Street, Utica

Anytime online

FREE Collection Kits Available

  • Utica City Hall, 1 Kennedy Plaza, Utica

  • Utica Public Library, 303 Genesee Street, Utica

  • HomeOwnershipCenter, 1611 Genesee Street, Utica

  • CCE Oneida County, 121 Second Street, Oriskany

There will be information on: 

  • Your screening results

  • Locations for blood lead level testing

  • Best practices to avoid lead exposure

  • Tips to garden safely

  • Healthy nutrition and recipes

  • Resources to address household lead hazards


Collecting a Single Soil Sample

Step 1: Identify an area to take your soil sample.

Step 2: Collect Soil - For a large area, collect soil from 5-10 random spots in that area.

For a small area, collect soil from 3 random spots.

Note: For garden areas collect all soil from 6-8 inches below the surface.

For non-garden/play areas collect all soil from 1-2 inches below the surface.

Step 3: Combine soil and mix well in clean container.

Step 4: Remove pebbles, rocks, twigs, and roots, then air dry. 

Note: Do not use a flame, oven or hairdryer to dry the soil.

Step 5: Transfer 1 - 2 cups of the mixed soil into a clean one-quart zip top plastic bag.

Note: For more than one sample, repeat steps 1-5. Clean your container between samples.


Limit of 3 sample bags/person.  Samples for screening only.  Must be turned in by 3 pm for time to process.

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