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Hillsborough Schools Completes Districtwide Water Testing

December 20, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications
813-272-4060

 

Hillsborough Schools Completes Districtwide Water Testing

Tampa, Fla. – (December 20, 2018) – Hillsborough County Public Schools is pleased to announce the completion of the first year of districtwide water testing. Our district decided to take the proactive step of testing to ensure the water our students and staff drink is safe for consumption.

Fixtures at every school and district office, 251 facilities in all, have now been tested and any issues that were found have been corrected. Our maintenance crews collect water samples from every drinking fountain, kitchen food prep sink, or other fixture used for drinking water, in addition to other samples throughout the school.

Our maintenance teams took samples from 11,595 fixtures. Fewer than 2% of those, a total of 207 fixtures, came back with lead levels above our strict standard of 15 parts per billion. Our district is using a stricter standard than what the Environmental Protection Agency recommends. Forty of the fixtures that showed elevated levels were drinking fountains. All of the fixtures that showed elevated levels were immediately taken out of operation and not used again until the problem was fixed and the water passed a new test.

There were NO school-wide issues. The majority of the issues were found in fixtures like hand washing sinks or backflow prevention devices. Parents have all been sent notification that includes the results of their child’s school testing. All detailed results can be seen on our website at hillsboroughschools.org

Please note, this testing is not required by any law; it is an additional step our district is taking to improve safety for our students and staff. Charter and private schools are independently managed and therefore are not part of this testing program.

Hillsborough Schools has 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.

 

VIDEO: Results graphic and file video of worker performing water testing 
IMAGE: Results graphic image

 


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