In accordance with new state regulations, lead testing in the elementary schools is being conducted this week, and testing in the middle and high schools will be conducted in October.
Under the regulations, schools are required to report all lead test results to the state Department of Health. If lead levels are detected above 15 parts per billion at any outlet that produces water for drinking or cooking, the school must discontinue use of that outlet, implement a lead remediation plan to mitigate the lead level, and provide building occupants with an adequate alternate supply of water.
All samples will be analyzed by a lab approved by Department of Health’s Environmental Laboratory Approval Program (ELAP). Following this initial round of testing, school water supplies must be tested once every five years.
“We strive to provide C-R students with a safe and healthy learning environment,” said Superintendent Carl Mummenthey. “As soon as we receive the results of the testing, we will share them with the community.”