Brookhaven, GA, October 17, 2016 – Anna Williams reporting for The Post – According to a Monday, October 17th letter from the DeKalb County School District (DCSD), test results reveal there is no presence of lead at or above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) found in the water at Ashford Park Elementary School.
In September, 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 is expected to be completed by the summer of 2017.
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
In several other DeKalb County Schools, test results show levels that do exceed allowable limits, however. Tests show that Stone Mountain Elementary had 5 drinking sources (mostly water fountains) fail; International Community Charter at Medlock School had 2 drinking sources fail; Museum Avondale Estates Forest Hills Facility had 4 sources fail and Allgood Elementary had a sink in the art supply room fail.
A website has been established here as well as an interactive map to track progress and see test results. Superintendent Dr. R. Stephen 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.
“We invite you to visit the website to explore the many resources available to you,”Dr. Green said in the letter. “In addition to a District-wide map displaying up-to-the-moment test results, you’ll find details of testing schedules and methodology, answers to frequently asked questions (FAQ), and links to lead-specific information from the EPA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and more.”
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.