Beginning Tuesday, October 11, DCSD says community members with questions about “this proactive safety initiative” may call the hotline at 678-676-1222 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
“Operators will answer general questions about the testing schedule, results of tests posted online, and the notification schedule for test results,” says DCSD. “Specific questions on testing protocols or other technical matters will be referred to lead-testing experts who will directly contact callers with answers to their questions within 24 hours.”
Last month, 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 began on September 20, 2016 and will be completed by the summer of 2017, DCSD says.
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.
DCSD says the district will continue to post testing results and other information about the Lead-In-Water testing program at www.dekalbschoolsga.org/lead-testing.