The health and safety of our students and employees is a top priority at Longview Public Schools and we work hard to keep everyone informed. The district recently completed testing for lead in school water sources and is taking immediate action to address issues.
Every five years public schools are required to test the water from faucets and drinking fountains that a student or employee could get water from. For our schools, this means 1,099 water sources across the district were tested to see if the levels of lead exceed state standards. Through the testing we found a total of 56 water sources, or about 5 percent, that need to be repaired or replaced.
District Action to Fix the Issue
Upon receiving the water testing reports the district is taking immediate action to fix the issues. First, any water source identified as being out of compliance has been taken out of service to make sure nobody gets water from it until repairs are completed. The faucets, drinking fountains and/or pipes identified as needing to be replaced are being fixed. Our goal is to have all the repairs done by the time school starts on August 31, 2022. If repairs are not completed by the start of school any water source not yet fixed will remain out of service.
For more information on lead in drinking water, please visit the Washington State Department of Health website by clicking here. We appreciate your support of Longview Public Schools.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recommended action level for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion (ppb), also expressed as 15 micrograms per liter (µg/L).
Lead testing shows that nearly all of the water sources in Longview Public Schools’ facilities are significantly below the EPA action level. The few water sources that tested higher have been disabled while the district determines the source of the high lead content and fixes the problem.
We understand families have concerns about the potential health impacts of lead in drinking water. However, the Washington State Department of Health indicates that most exposure to lead comes from dust and chips from paint removal, contaminated soil, industrial sources, and materials used at worksites and in hobbies.
For more information about lead, its health impacts, and exposure prevention, visit the Washington State Department of Health website on lead contamination: