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Water Testing Information for Families & Community

In recent months, there have been a number of news stories throughout the country about high levels of lead in school drinking water. Hillsborough County Public Schools is making proactive efforts to ensure the water our students and staff drink is safe for consumption.

Since last year, we have tested the water at more than 1,780 individual faucets, drinking fountains, and fixtures where water is likely to be used for drinking or cooking in more than 50 schools and district sites. We will continue testing the drinking water sources in our schools for lead until we have checked all 270 facilities in our district.

We have hundreds of dedicated employees who work hard to maintain our schools, but our average campus age is 50 years old, and older pipes and fixtures do have a higher likelihood of adding lead to water.

Results of the schools and sites tested so far are available online and we will add future results as we receive them. In addition, if a school has a fixture that tests above our district’s guidelines, we will notify that school’s parents and staff by email and text message. Please know that when we find any issue, we are committed to addressing it and fixing the problem.

This testing is not required by any law; it is an additional step we are taking to improve safety for our students and staff, and we hope other school districts in Florida will join us in this effort. Please note that charter and private schools are independently managed and therefore are not part of this testing program.

If you have any questions about the testing or results as we receive them, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page. You can also contact our Maintenance team to ask a question. Thank you for your continued support as we take steps to enhance safety on our campuses.

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