In 2017, the Minnesota Legislature enacted state statute § 121A.335, requiring school districts to adopt a lead in drinking water testing plan by July of 2018. District 196 adopted a plan in May of 2018 to test public school buildings serving students in kindergarten through grade 12 for lead every five years.
Earlier this year, District 196 contracted with the Institute for Environmental Assessment (IEA) to collect water samples from portable water sources at 20 schools to identify and reduce lead levels in drinking water. The tests were conducted on two dates, July 24, 2018 and Sept. 18, 2018.
Lead analysis was taken on July 24 at the following schools: Dakota Valley Learning Center; East Lake Elementary School; Echo Park Elementary School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology; Greenleaf Elementary School; Oak Ridge Elementary School of Leadership, Environmental and Health Sciences; Red Pine Elementary School; Shannon Park Elementary School; Southview Elementary School, and Woodland Elementary School.
Lead analysis was taken on Sept. 18 at the following schools: Cedar Park Elementary STEM School; Deerwood Elementary School; Diamond Path Elementary School of International Studies; Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science; Highland Elementary School; Northview Elementary School; Parkview Elementary School; Pinewood Elementary School; Rosemount Elementary School; Thomas Lake Elementary School, and Westview Elementary School.
The purpose of the sampling is to document lead content in the sampled locations and to compare to the Environmental Protection Agency action level of 20 parts per billion (ppb).
IEA collected 924 total first-draw samples of approximately 250 milliliters of water. “First draw” means the samples are collected before the fixture is used or flushed during the day, therefore levels are typically highest on first draws. For any fixture that tested above the EPA action level of 20 ppb, the district is replacing the fixtures, fixture parts or taking fixtures out of service to resolve the problems.
For results of the drinking water testing completed on July 24 and Sept. 18, 2018, click here.
Testing at the district’s other schools not listed above is scheduled to be completed in fall 2019.
For more information, contact the district’s Health and Safety Supervisor Chris Pint at 651-423-7735 or firstname.lastname@example.org.