Water is safe to drink in district schools

Water is safe to drink in district schools
Posted on 04/26/2016
Water QualityIn light of the recent media attention concerning dissolved lead content in drinking water supply at public schools, Franklin Pierce School District would like to share our most recent voluntary water quality test results, specifically regarding dissolved lead content.  

During Mid-Winter Break, on February 18, a representative water sample was taken at each of the district’s schools. The sample was taken five days after school was last in session. All sample results came back BELOW the EPA’s “action level” threshold of 20 parts per billion (ppb) for drinking water (https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/testing-schools-and-child-care-centers-lead-drinking-water). There were two locations – the Collins Elementary Kitchen and the Brookdale Elementary Kitchen – that were close to the 20 ppb threshold but still BELOW the threshold; Collins Elementary Kitchen result was 16.4 ppb, and the Brookdale Elementary Kitchen result was 19.9 ppb. Even though these two locations were still under the “action level” threshold, the district chose to re-test those locations on March 15. The results from the retest of those two locations showed results well BELOW the EPA’s “action level” threshold, as can be seen in the table below.  

We want to assure the community that the water in our schools is safe to drink. The district will continue to monitor water quality in the schools.

CLICK HERE for a copy of the complete press release, including test results.