Lead Sampling for Schools in our service area

On January 17, 2017, California released a directive through the State Water Resources Control Board – Division of Drinking Water (DDW) for all water agencies to provide testing for lead in drinking water for all K-12 public, private, and charter schools directly served by the water agencies. This was a voluntary program for the schools.

On January 1, 2018, testing for lead in drinking water became mandatory for public K-12 schools, preschools, and child day care facilities located on public school sites that were constructed before January 1, 2010. Private school participation remains voluntary.

There are over 70 private and public K-12 schools in our treated water service area. To date, over 278 samples have been collected at 51 schools. Only two schools have had detections above the action level and, in every case, the school took immediate action to remove the fixture from service. All initial public school sampling has been completed. Results are summarized on a map updated by the Division of Drinking Water.

Our permit amendment requires that any private school request for lead sampling be submitted to the District no later than November 1, 2019. We require a written request from a school official to assist the school in developing a sampling plan and to test the water for lead at the most commonly used drinking fountains and water bottle fill stations, as well as, cafeteria and food preparation areas. A template (WORD) is provided for authorized school district or individual school administrators to request testing in writing.

We completed lead and copper testing under the Lead and Copper Rule (LCR) in more than 50 pre-selected homes throughout our treated water service area. The results met federal and state requirements and were well below the EPA’s action level. The testing targeted high risk homes based on the age of construction. See the results from our Lead and Copper Rule Testing Program conducted in June 2016.