Why did the Duneland School Corporation conduct this testing?
In May of 2017, Duneland School Corporation chose to participate in a voluntary state program to test for lead in our schools’ drinking water. This program was offered to all Indiana public schools, and it specifically tests water fixtures that provide drinking or cooking water to students and staff members. Only the seven (7) Duneland Schools that receive domestic water from Indiana American Water were eligible to participate in this state program.
What does the testing of water samples consist of?
Through the Water Resources and Infrastructure Planning Program, an Indiana Finance Authority Environmental Program, trained personnel collect a first-draw 250-milliliter sample of water, let the water flow or flush for 30 seconds, and collect a second-draw 250mL sample from each source.
What is lead?
Lead is a naturally occurring element in our environment. It can be found in the air, soil, the water, and inside buildings.
How much lead is acceptable in water?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a recommended “action level” for lead in public drinking water or sinks at 15 ppb and greater. 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 the lead concentration in the water.
What other actions might the District take?
Duneland School Corporation remediation actions will follow the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommended “action level” of fifteen (15) parts per billion (ppb). All fixtures and fountains that test above the “action level” will be removed, replaced, or will remain out of service until new test results are found satisfactory. As a proactive measure, Duneland Schools is replacing all existing outdated fixtures throughout the Corporation.
Is hand washing or showering in lead-contaminated water a risk?
According to the U.S. EPA, washing hands or showering should be safe for children and adults, even if water contains more than 15 ppb. Human skin does not absorb lead in water.
Why is the Duneland School District releasing water-testing results?
The Duneland School Corporation participated in this voluntary state program to test for lead in our schools’ drinking water for the safety of our students and staff. Results from this program are public record and should be made available to our parents and community.
Why are only some of the Duneland Schools eligible to participate in this voluntary state program?
Only seven (7) Duneland school locations were eligible to participate in the state program because they receive domestic water from a water utility - Indiana American Water Co. The other two locations, Brummitt and Jackson Elementary Schools, are provided with domestic water using a well system designed for building use. These wells are tested every three years to insure good water quality in many facets including lead content.
Will filters be added to drinking fountains or sinks?
At this time, the Duneland School Corporation is repairing and replacing drinking fountains as necessary. Upon additional testing, further mitigation strategies, including filters, will be considered.
When will the next series of testing occur?
Follow-up testing will occur soon after drinking fountains are repaired or replaced.
Where can I get more info on where the sites that were tested are located within my child’s schools?
The Duneland School Corporation has listed all the sources and results that came back with results above 15 ppb. More detailed information will be available on our website at www.duneland.k12.in.us after Aug. 1.