When you send your child to school in the morning you may worry about a number of things, but you shouldn’t have to worry about the water they drink. But recently, triggered by some notable incidents around the country, parents and health care professionals have become more concerned about possible high lead levels in public water supplies. As a result, many new safety precautions have been implemented.
“According to new law enacted this year in Illinois, schools built prior to 2000 and serving kids in pre-school to grade 5 must conduct one-time lead testing of potable water in school buildings. The testing must consist of two samples, the first conducted with no flushing of the system within at least 8 hours, and the second timed to capture problems with different portions of the water system serving the school.
Older schools built prior to 1987 must go first, with testing due by the end of 2017. Schools then must submit all test results to the Department of Public Health. If any sample at a school tests above 5 parts per billion (ppb) of lead, the school must provide individual notification of the results to all parents of children at the school.”
I am very pleased to report that water samples collected at the Stark County Elementary School this month in Wyoming, and tested at Test Inc. Laboratories in Peru, IL, have all been found to be significantly below the 5 parts per billion threshold. As a matter of fact, at the SCES we tested 66 samples from the 33 drinking fountains, classroom faucets, washroom faucets, and kitchen faucets. In all tests, the level of lead found in the water was over 100 times less than the safety threshold, and in most cases the level was over 1000 times less than the 5 parts per billion.
As parent, you may still worry about a few of things when you send your student off to school in the morning, but lead content in the water no longer needs to be one of them.
National Resource Defense Council: https://www.nrdc.org/experts/meleah-geertsma/illinois-steps-lead-school-drinking-water