Two Local Schools Test High For Lead

Two Local Schools Test High For Lead

A recent story on channel 3 news, reported on the lead levels in the drinking water taken at 50 schools in the region and those results. One of the sites that tested high for levels of lead was Amador High School. According to the water agency, testing took place at Amador High School, Independence High School, Sutter Creek Primary and Sutter Creek Elementary schools, Pioneer Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School as well as Ione Junior High and Elementary Schools. 5 samples of the most used drinking water sites, fountains and sinks, at each site were taken. All 35 samples were found in compliance with strict regulation 15 ppb. 33 of these samples were non-detect, which means no levels of lead were found. There was one sample from Amador High School that came in at 6.9 ppb and one sample from Sutter Creek Elementary that came in at 6.4 ppb. The higher reading has been attributed to lead joints or piping in the installation of a drinking fountain at the High School. That unit has been taken out of service and school district staff will be working to re-plumb the fountain and will be checking plumbing around the district. According to the water agency, the lead results at the schools, is not representative of the levels of lead in the public water system, but a localized issue. Every three years agency staff pull samples to analyze for lead and copper in the water distribution system. In 2016, of 22 samples taken, all were negative for lead. That said, the agency recognizes homes and schools within the AWA service area have been built at different times and with different material. If you live in a home built before 1984 and you suspect you may have lead joints or piping, the water agency encourages you to have a plumber check your homes pipes for lead joints or piping. If you have any questions, contact the water agency. 

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