Understanding Lead Testing in Drinking Water

Most schools are not testing for lead at all. And even in those states and school districts that are testing, much of the available data is limited to test results showing concentrations in excess of 15 ppb (or a 20 ppb equivalent for schools, using a different sampling method). Yet we know that lead is toxic at very low levels.

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National Problem: Lead Tests Reveal 64 Public Schools in Washington, D.C. Had High Lead Levels in Drinking Water

The results of lead testing done at 113 DC public schools in April, May, and June of 2016 revealed elevated lead levels in drinking water in 64 schools.  In June 2016 the D.C. Department of General Services adopted a 1 ppb action level for lead tests on drinking water sources in all D.C. public school and parks and recreation centers.

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National Problem: Recent Tests in Dallas, Texas Find High Levels of Lead and Copper in School Drinking Water

Texas is facing a common problem throughout its schools in the Dallas, Houston, Fort Worth areas: lead and copper in drinking water.  Seven Dallas Independent School Districts (ISD) campuses had high levels of copper or lead in drinking water when tested this fall, according to results released by the district this week.  The lead tests revealed levels as high as 160 ppb at James Madison High, eight times the recommended levels for action at schools. 

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National Problem: Butler County Pennsylvania Elementary Schools Test for High Levels of Lead and Copper in Drinking Water

This week students in Butler County, Pennsylvania elementary schools were given bottled water and the schools were closed for two days due to elevated levels of lead and copper in the drinking water.   Lead in school drinking water is a national problem that not only affects urban schools that receive water from public water sources but also rural schools getting their water from wells. 

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Lead in School Drinking Water is a Nationwide Problem

We will use this blog to highlight the very real problem of lead in school drinking water throughout the United States.  This article discusses high levels of lead in elementary and day care centers’ drinking water in Milwaukee. 

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