There currently is no mandate for school districts to conduct testing for the presence of lead in drinking water at school facilities. In response to recent findings and concerns in other school districts in our area, Fife School District tested water for lead in all our buildings. Samples were taken from a cross section of sources of drinking and cooking water at all Fife School District locations on May 12 & 13, 2016. Results of testing of those samples was received from the certified and accredited testing laboratory on May 20, 2016.
The Washington State Department of Health recommended "take action" level for lead in drinking water is 20 parts per billion. EPA recommends “take action” at 15 ppb for public water suppliers. In light of recent concerns, some school districts have adopted the lower limit out of an abundance of caution.
Of the samples drawn from district faucets, drinking fountains, sinks, and classroom “bubblers”, none of those samples showed test results at or close to either of the "take action" levels.The summary report is available for viewing via the link below.
While Fife School District is pleased with these initial results, a plan is being developed for additional future routine testing to continue to ensure that our drinking water is safe for all.
If you have any questions, please contact Dan Lea, Manager of Maintenance and Operations at (253) 517-1000.
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