Water Testing

  • January 2018

    In December 2016, in working with our municipal partners, we confirmed that all our incoming water sources are free of any lead. Earlier that fall, District 200 proactively began testing interior water fixtures (sinks and drinking fountains) at all student sites and in January 2017, we completed testing of more than 2,300 samples. At that time, all of the results were below the Federal lead in water standard.

    During our testing, the State of Illinois adopted Public Act 099-0922 Lead in Water. The new statute requires school districts to send water samples to one of several private, independent laboratories for testing. While the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) and the Illinois EPA lead standard is 15 ppb, the new State statute requires schools to notify parents if any lead levels are 5 ppb (parts per billion) or higher.

    We recently received the results of water samples and 7 water fixtures tested above the State statute standard of 5 ppb: 

    Bower
    Sink in room 165 - 6.26 ppb
    Drinking fountain in hallway between rooms 110 & 111 - 8.55 ppb
    Drinking fountain in hallway between rooms 110 & 111 - 8.14 ppb

    Jefferson
    Room 9  - 19.5 ppb 
    Room 13 classroom sink - 10 ppb 
    Nurse’s Office (currently used as a psychologist office near the gym) sink - 16.3 ppb

    Lincoln
    Drinking fountain in hallway near the multi-purpose room - 13.8 ppb

    Upon receipt of the test results, we took all of the water sources out of service and are in the process of replacing all of the fixtures with a certified lead-free fixture. We take the safety of our students very seriously in District 200, which is why we began proactively testing prior to the State statute. It is important to note that aside from two results, all elevated readings are still below the State and Federal EPA lead in water standard.

    If you would like additional information about lead in water safety, please visit the Federal EPA website. The full report of water testing at all of our schools is available here

     

  • February 2017

    As we shared in December 2016, after working with our municipal partners, we confirmed that all our incoming water sources are free of any lead. Earlier this fall, District 200 proactively began testing interior water fixtures at all student sites. We completed lead testing of more than 2,300 interior water fixtures (sinks and drinking fountains) at all District 200 student sites in January 2017. All of the results were below the Federal lead in water standard. 

    Since we began our testing, the State of Illinois has adopted Public Act 099-0922 Lead in Water. We are reviewing the new statute and will comply with any of those standards. However, the new statute will eventually require districts to post results of water testing. Below you will find our detailed report of testing at all school sites. 
     
    2016-17 Water Testing Results 

     

  • December 2016

    In working with our municipal partners, we have confirmed that all of our incoming water sources are free of any lead. Earlier this fall, District 200 proactively began testing interior water fixtures (sinks, water fountains, etc.) at all 20 of our schools. We have taken 1,200 samples to date and will complete testing over the winter break.

    Initially, we had 38 samples test at an elevated level. Those fixtures were retested and all came back well below federal standards. Should any of our final tests come back with issues, we will share that information with the community.