In Spring 2017, we tested for lead in water following instructions given in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance document for schools. While testing is not required for districts that do not own their own water system, it is recommended by the EPA.
Our motivation was to ensure that all buildings, especially those constructed before 1986 (when Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials), did not show results higher than the EPA's recommended 20 parts per billion (ppb) in water sources used for schools.
Afterwards, we shared the results with families (email, websites, social media) and held an information meeting for those interested in learning about the process.
We're pleased to share the results of this process, together with other advocacy and referral information about lead and areas of vulnerability for children and pregnant women.