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Fall 2020-21 Water Quality Testing

ACPS strives to provide our students and staff with a high-quality learning environment, and that includes water quality testing in all our facilities. 

While school has been ongoing virtually for the 2020-2021 school year, ACPS continues to conduct water quality testing on outlets throughout school buidings. 

 

Charles Barrett Elementary School

Of the 3 samples collected on 10/2/20; 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead.

Room 301 Sink (Lead): 0.017 mg/L

The fixture/unit in this room was replaced on November 23, 2020. 

As soon as it can be arranged with the contractor, the water will be retested and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Cora Kelly Elementary School

Of the 7 samples collected on 9/25/20; 4 outlets tested above the action level for lead, and 1 outlet tested above the action levels for lead and copper.

Room 17 Sink Bubbler (Lead): 0.074 mg/L and (Copper): 5.260 mg/L
Room 13 Sink Bubbler (Lead): 0.028 mg/L
Room 2   Teacher Sink (Lead): 0.105 mg/L
Room Media Center Bubbler (Lead): 0.050 mg/L

Room Media Center Breast-Feeding Room Bubbler (Lead): 0.187 mg/L

The bubblers in rooms 13 and 17 were removed, as there is a drinking water source in the nearby hallway.

The sink in room 2 has been designated as “hand washing only”.

The 2 fixtures in the Media Center were replaced and will be retested by January 8, 2021. 

The sites where water will be retested will be scheduled and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Early Childhood Center

Of the 4 samples collected (in Room 121) on 10/6/20; 4 outlets tested above the action level for lead.

Room 121 Sink Bubbler (Lead): 1.990 mg/L 

Room 121 Sink (Lead): 0.056 mg/L

Room 121 Sink (Lead): 0.029 mg/L

Room 121 Sink Bubbler (Lead): 0.068 mg/L

The bubbler and sink areas will be re-flushed and retested by January 8, 2021.

The sites where water will be retested will be scheduled and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School

Of the 5 samples collected on 10/15/20; 2 outlets tested above the action level for copper.

Hall Left Bubbler 5th Floor (Copper): 1.490 mg/L
Hall Right Bubbler 5th Floor (Copper): 1.410 mg/L

Water-line filters were installed in these two locations (water fountains).  These two sites will be retested by January 8, 2021.

The sites where water will be retested will be scheduled and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

ACPS regularly carries out routine water quality testing in its facilities in compliance with state laws. Testing is carried out by contractors who follow all established protocols. ACPS has notified the Alexandria Health Department and will keep them updated on the results.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Frances C. Hammond Elementary School

Of the 14 samples collected on 9/25/20; 11 outlets tested above the action level for lead.

Room First Floor Clinic Shower Sink (Lead): 0.072 mg/L
Room E109 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.021 mg/L; Sink 2 (Lead): 0.370 mg/L; Sink 3 (Lead): 0.124 mg/L
Room Custodial Sink (near A101) (Lead): 0.237 mg/L
Room E208 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.022 mg/L; Sink 2 (Lead): 0.020 mg/L
Room E211 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.021 mg/L; Sink 2 (Lead): 0.015 mg/L
Room E210 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.043 mg/L; Sink 2 (Lead): 0.040 mg/L

All fixtures in the above locations will be replaced by December 5, 2020.

Once this work has been completed, the water will be retested and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

George Washington Middle School

Of the 9 samples collected on 7/30/20; 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead, and another outlet tested above the action level for lead and copper.

Room A116 Sink (Lead): 0.024 mg/L 

Room A331 Sink (Lead): 0.131 mg/L; (Copper): 51.200 mg/L

The sinks will be designated as “hand washing only” by December 18, 2020.

ACPS regularly carries out routine water quality testing in its facilities in compliance with state laws. Testing is carried out by contractors who follow all established protocols. ACPS has notified the Alexandria Health Department and will keep them updated on the results.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

James K. Polk Elementary School

Of the 3 samples collected on 9/25/20; 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead.

Room 35 Sink (Lead): 0.017 mg/L

The sink fixture in room 35 will be replaced by December 11, 2020.

Once this work has been completed, the water will be retested and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

John Adams Elementary School

Of the 6 samples collected on 10/6/20; 4 outlets tested above the action level for lead, 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead and copper.

Room 152 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.012 mg/L and Sink 2 (Lead): 0.011 mg/L
Room 153 Sink (Lead): 0.265 mg/L and (Copper): 3.770 mg/L
Room 138 Sink 1 (Lead): 0.028 mg/L; Sink 2 (Lead): 0.021 mg/L

These five sinks will be designated as “hand washing only”, as there are drinking-water sources nearby.

ACPS regularly carries out routine water quality testing in its facilities in compliance with state laws. Testing is carried out by contractors who follow all established protocols. ACPS has notified the Alexandria Health Department and will keep them updated on the results.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Matthew Maury Elementary School

Of the 1 sample collected on 10/15/20; 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead.

Multi-Purpose Boys Locker Hall Bubbler (Lead): 0.052 mg/L

This bubbler will be replaced by December 11, 2020.

Once this work has been completed, the water will be retested and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

  

Minnie Howard

Of the 4 samples collected on 10/2/20; 1 outlet tested above the action level for lead.

Room 115 Teacher’s Desk Sink (Lead): 0.011 mg/L

The sink fixture in room 115 will be replaced by December 11, 2020.

Once this work has been completed, the water will be retested and ACPS will collect follow-up samples to ensure it remains within safe limits in the future. Higher than normal levels of lead or copper in an outlet can be caused by the deterioration of the pipes or from the faucet itself. The lead was sometimes used in metal alloys to make fixtures prior to 1987. It is anticipated that the replacement and/or repair of the outlets will quickly solve this issue.

Read the Full Report (PDF)

 

Mount Vernon Community School

Of the 7 samples collected on 10/6/20; 4 outlets tested above the action level for lead.

Room 117 Sink (Lead): 0.277 mg/L
Room 119 Sink (Lead): 0.388 mg/L
Room 321 Bubbler (Lead): 0.892 mg/L

Room 322 Sink (Lead): 0.340 mg/L

The bubbler in room 321 will be taken out of service by December 18, 2020, as there is a drinking-water source nearby.

The sinks in rooms 117, 119 and 322 will be designated as “hand washing only” by December 18, 2020.

ACPS regularly carries out routine water quality testing in its facilities in compliance with state laws. Testing is carried out by contractors who follow all established protocols. ACPS has notified the Alexandria Health Department and will keep them updated on the results.

Read the Full Report (PDF)