Lead Testing

  • In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

    The state established an action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.

    School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans. Our results are listed in the link to the right under Downloads.

    The district identified 355 water sources that needed to be tested according to the new law, which included drinking fountains, sinks, and ice machines. In phase one, (the initial testing), the district sampled all 355 locations in accordance to the new law. The results of that testing are listed by the building to the right under downloads.

    EPA links:

    Web address to the link:  https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water

    Link on their website is called:  EPA Lead Water Information and FAQs