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. In all, 3,675 water sources were initially tested.
As of 9-1-17
***ALL WATER FOUNTAINS NOW COMPLY
Following additional testing, 31 sinks at nine schools remain non-compliant: Creekside Elementary (two sinks); Walker's Grove Elementary (one); River View Elementary (two sinks); Drauden Point Middle School (three sinks); Aux Sable Middle School (seven sinks); Grand Prairie Elementary (seven sinks); Wesmere Elementary (seven sinks); Lakewood Falls Elementary (one sink); PEHS (one sink).
***FOLLOWING FILTERING AND ADDITIONAL TESTING, ALL WATER SOURCES NOW COMPLY AT:
As of 8-16-17
As of August 16, 2017 - following additional testing, 54 water sources remained non-compliant.
As of 8-10-17
Lead removal filters have been installed on the 65 water sources at 16 schools (six drinking fountains and 59 sinks) that were initially identified as non-compliant.
Updated test results will continue to be posted here as they become available.
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