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Routine Water Quality and Safety Testing Update - January 30, 2018

Posted by L Michelle on January 30, 2018

Dear Issaquah School District Community,

You may recall that the District sent out a notice in October regarding routine testing for lead as part of the District’s due diligence effort to ensure water quality and safety. We have now completed our initial round of testing and want to share what we have learned and what we have taken action on to date. The testing is being performed per state and federal guidelines by PBS Environmental and Engineering of Seattle, Washington. All potential drinking water sources have been tested, including drinking fountains, sinks, hose bibs, emergency showers, and locker room showers. 

Per EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) guidelines, the “actionable level” of lead is 20 parts per billion (ppb). Our initial round of testing did reveal some fixtures in some schools at the actionable level. These fixtures have been shut off and will be replaced and retested per EPA guidelines. Please note that the actionable level for schools of 20 ppb serves as the signal for the District to take necessary steps to safeguard water quality, is not a measure of health effects.

The safety, health, and well being of our students and staff is always our highest priority. We have been given no cause for concern that students or staff have been exposed to unsafe levels of lead or other chemicals from these fixtures. For more details on EPA testing guidelines for schools and childcare facilities, please visit the EPA website. A full report of our results will be announced and made available on the District website in late spring 2018. For questions regarding the Issaquah School District’s water safety testing program, please contact Philip LaFranchi at lafranchip@issaquah.wednet.edu or 425-837-7042.