Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Shoreline Public Schools recently received the results from water fixture sample testing that occurred at all schools and district facilities.
Of the 578 samples tested, 16 tested for lead levels between 10-20 parts per billion (ppb) and six had levels higher than 20 ppb.
The actionable level set by the Department of Health is 20 ppb, however the district will replace fiaxtures that test higher than 10 ppb in schools.
Detailed information about each school’s testing was sent to families and staff at each building. You can find a summary of the testing results HERE.
Echo Lake, Parkwood, and Ridgecrest elementaries and the Central Warehouse and kitchen all tested over the Department of Health standard. Those fixtures that tested above 20 ppb were replaced, retested and found to have levels less than 10 ppb.
Fixtures that tested between 10-20 ppb are being retested to rule out false positives. All schools or facilities that had one or more water fixtures test above 10 ppb will have all water fixtures retested.
Once the testing process is complete, we will continue to test samples from water fixtures every five years as recommended by the Department of Health. We will continue to share information after each testing cycle.
You can learn more about lead testing in schools by visiting the Department of Health’s Lead in School Drinking Water FAQ webpage HERE.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Deputy Superintendent Marla Miller or 206-393-4514.