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December 20, 2019 - Water testing results

ACPS continues to strive to provide our students and staff with a high quality learning environment through water testing in our facilities. Please be assured that these tests are part of a routine testing cycle to assure the safety of students and staff. ACPS regularly carries out routine water quality testing in its facilities to ensure compliance with state laws. All testing is carried out by contractors who follow all established protocols.

Higher than normal levels of lead in an outlet can be caused by deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. Lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement of the sink fixture will quickly solve this issue.

While preliminary copper results for Francis C. Hammond Middle School are negative, three outlets have indicated higher than usual levels of lead in retests carried out during routine water quality testing. These were an outlet to two sinks in a drama classroom and a sink in a closet in the boy’s locker room. Please be assured that none of these are drinking water fountains.

The outlets have already been taken out of use and will continue to remain out of use until the issue has been fixed. Parts of the sink units will be replaced and/or the lines flushed. Once this work has been completed, the water will be retested and ACPS will continue to collect follow up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits for lead in the future.

ACPS is working closely with the Alexandria Health Department on this issue and will continue to keep them up to date on the work. Water testing will continue to be carried out throughout the school division and all reports made public on the ACPS website.

If you have concerns about whether your child has lead in his/her body, you should have them tested at their pediatrician or family doctor. If you do not have a pediatrician or family doctor, call Neighborhood Health at 703-535-5568 to make an appointment.

For more information about lead and lead exposure, please go to the Alexandria Health Department’s website at www.alexandriava.gov/health.

We will keep you updated with any new information as we get it. All reports and a history of water testing in ACPS is accessible on the ACPS website.