Precautions Taken After Water Quality Tests
Precautions Taken After Water Quality Tests
Posted on 05/18/2018
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Central Kitsap Schools regularly tests water quality in every school. 

This week, we received test results that showed lead levels in several fixtures that prompted action. Read the Water Quality Testing section below for more on this action.

Those fixtures were taken out of service. We are in the process of replacing parts or fixtures. Once parts/fixtures are replaced, we retest the water and send samples to a certified laboratory.

We have had no related reports of illness. If you have a concern about your child’s health, please contact your medical provider.

Because of questions you may have, we wanted to share a bit more about how our district monitors water quality.

Water Quality Testing Process

We test water quality in every school, following guidelines from the Environmental Protection Agency and the state Department of Health. We voluntarily began a comprehensive water quality testing program for our schools in 2016. Testing is a multi-step process, and we continue to update that process as new guidelines and best practices are introduced.

Step 1: Water sampling

Draw water from fixtures not in use for 8 to 10 hours. We usually do this in the morning.

Step 2: Initial Action

The EPA recommends taking action when tests show levels of 20 parts per billion. If we receive test results of greater than 10 ppb, our district will take a fixture out of service.

Step 3: Repairs

We replace parts or fixtures that were taken out of service. We then retest water once a new part or fixture is installed.

Water Quality Q&A

Q: Where does lead in water come from?

A: The lead could come from a variety of sources all the way from the pipes to particles in an aerator at the tip of a fixture. When just a few fixtures in a school show elevated lead levels, it’s an indication that the cause is in an individual fixture.

Q: What are the standards for testing?

A: Learn more about testing for lead in schools from the State Department of Health’s website: https://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/DrinkingWater/Contaminants/Lead/LeadinSchools

Q: I washed my hands in one of the faucets with elevated lead levels. Am I safe?

A: There is a very low risk of lead exposure through hand washing. Skin does not easily absorb lead.

Q: What should I do if I have concerns about lead exposure?

A: If anyone has a concern about lead exposure, we recommend they consult their medical provider.