DeKalb County, GA, September 16, 2016 – The Post Reports, PSA – Earlier this week, the DeKalb County School District (DCSD) announced they will be performing proactive testing of the drinking water for lead in each of the District’s 150 schools, centers, and facilities. Testing will begin on September 20, 2016 and be completed by the summer of 2017.
Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen Green, says recent events have brought national attention to water quality issues. “Please understand that we have absolutely no evidence of water quality issues in any school or building,” Green said. “Still, we want students, staff, and the community to know our water is safe for consumption.”
Collaborating with the DeKalb County Board of Health and the DeKalb County Government, samples will be collected from:
- All main water meters supplying buildings
- All kitchens
- All water fountains
- Bathroom sinks
- Ice machines
- Water sources in teacher lounges
- Athletic fields
Beginning with the District’s oldest elementary schools, a sample will be collected from each location twice to ensure compliance with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines for schools. If any sample indicates a presence of lead at EPA action levels, DCSD says they will immediately stop using water from that source, then repair or remove the problem. Bottled water, if needed, will be provided until any problem is fixed.
A website has been established here as well as an interactive map to track progress and see test results. Dr. Green says updates will also be provided as to the testing and any corrective action via letters from the schools, social media, the DCSD website and through Principals and Supervisors.
A list of all of the facilities to be tested and the projected test date is below. For more information on this topic see the DCSD “Lead in Water Testing” webpage here.