The Duneland School Corporation has been participating in a voluntary State program to test our schools' drinking water for lead. This program was offered to all Indiana public schools, and it specifically tests potable water fixtures that provide drinking or cooking water to students. Tests have been completed for the seven (7) Duneland Schools receiving domestic water from Indiana American Water Company.
In our school system, a total number of 584 fixtures were tested. Ninety-three percent (93%) of those fixtures did not present lead levels that exceed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s "action level" of 15 parts per billion (ppb). However, forty-two (42) fixtures did present lead levels that exceed the EPA's action level. The action level of 15 ppb is not a measure of health effects-it serves as a signal to the school to take steps to reduce lead in the water. Lead found in tap water typically comes from the corrosion of interior plumbing fixtures and materials that contain lead, not usually the municipal water supply. The issue is not system-wide, but specific to the fixtures identified and they have been addressed by the remediation plan.
The fixtures at each of the locations listed below tested above acceptable limits. ALL fixtures listed were immediately shut down. The fixture was then replaced or permanently removed.
Bailly Elementary - Four fixtures (2 faucets and 2 bubblers) were replaced.
Chesterton High - One sink faucet was taken out of service and permanently removed.
Chesterton Middle - Three fixtures (2 bubblers and 1 outdoor spigot) were replaced.
Liberty Elementary - Nine fixtures (8 faucets and 1 bubbler) were replaced.
Liberty Intermediate - Ten fixtures (1 faucet, 8 water coolers, 1 bottle filling station) were repaired or replaced.
Newton Yost Elementary - Seven fixtures (1 water cooler, 1 bubbler and 5 faucets) were replaced.
Westchester Intermediate - Eight fixtures (7 faucets and 1 water cooler) were replaced.
We have taken one or more of the following actions to address this situation:
- Shut off the water to these fixtures;
- Replaced or eliminated the fixtures;
- Completed tests again to ensure the problem has been resolved;
- Upon additional testing, further mitigation strategies, including filters, will be considered.
Testing results for each building can be downloaded below. Please see the link to the left for Water Testing FAQ's.