Effective January 1, 2017, all public school districts must test the lead content of the water in all schools serving preschool through fifth grade students that were built before January 1, 1987. This testing must be done by December 31, 2017.
The new law also requires testing by December 31, 2018 in schools serving children from preschool through grade 5 built between January 2, 1987 and January 1, 2000.
PLEASE NOTE: The law does not address schools built after 2000 or schools serving students in grades 6-12. The General Assembly can change the law until June 30, 2019.
District 202 opted to test the water in all of its facilities at once.
AUGUST 16, 2017
Lead removal filters have been installed on the 65 water sources (six drinking fountains and 59 sinks) that were identified last week as non-compliant.
A third round of testing was done at seven of the 16 schools with non-compliant water sources. (see Individual Facility Reports for Wesmere Elementary; Drauden Point, Ira Jones, Indian Trail and Timber Ridge middle schools; PHSCC, and Plainfield Academy)
Fifty-four water sources remain non-compliant -- two water fountains (at Wesmere Elementary and Plainfield South High School by the tennis courts); and 52 sinks (at Indian Trail, Eichelberger, Creekside, Walker's Grove, River View, Drauden Point, Aux Sable, Grand Prairie, Lakewood Falls, Plainfield East High School, Plainfield South High School).
***ALL WATER SOURCES NOW COMPLY AT:
Re-testing was done on August 16, 2017 at the remaining 12 schools with non-compliant water sources.
Test results should be available by August 24, 2017.
The remaining non-compliant water sources will remain turned off until they pass a re-test.
TEST RESULTS AND OTHER KEY INFORMATION
Please visit the United States Environmental Protection Agency for more information about lead in drinking water