AB 746 To Require Lead Sampling Of Public Schools Water

AB 746 To Require Lead Sampling Of Public Schools Water

The State Water Resources Control Board has notified community water systems statewide that they are now required to complete lead sampling on the drinking water supplies of public schools built before 2010.  This new requirement took effect Jan. 1, when Assembly Bill (AB) 746 became law.  If a school’s lead level exceeds 15 ppb, then the water system is required to sample water entering the school to help determine the possible source of lead. The school must also take several actions, including shutting down all fountains and faucets with high lead levels, providing potable drinking water until the situation is resolved, and notifying parents and guardians of students.  Late last year the Amador Water Agency conducted lead testing at ACUSD schools in the agency’s service area.  These schools were identified as Amador High School, Independence High School, Sutter Creek Primary and Sutter Creek Elementary Schools and Pioneer School as well as Ione Junior High and Elementary schools.   All samples were in compliance with the strict regulation of 15 ppb.  In fact, some samples were Non Detect.  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.  According to the EPA, even low levels of lead contamination, below 15 parts per billion, can have effects including behavior and learning problems.   According to Amador Water Agency General Manager Gene Mancebo, when water leaves the Agency’s treatment plants it registers 0 ppb and the elevated lead results at the schools is not representative of the levels of lead in the public water system, but a localized issue.  Mancebo says the agency recognizes homes (and schools) within the AWA service areas 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, Health officials encourage you to reach out to a plumber.  For more information on the Lead Sampling in Schools Program and information on AB 746, visit the State Water Board’s webpage or contact the Amador Water Agency.

 

Written by KVGC Staff

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