EPA ACTION LEVEL FOR LEAD IS 15 ppb or 15 μg/L SPREADSHEET LEGEND ND-­-Not Detected at the Reporting Limit BA-­-Below EPA Action Level of 15 ppb AA-­-Above EPA Action Level Chicago Public Schools-­-Department of Facility Operations

Forrest Claypool, Julie
2016 unpublished
Dear LaSalle families, In light of national events that have brought increased attention to the issue of water quality, the City of Chicago announced several additional precautionary measures that will be added to the City's water testing protocol, continuing the City's track record of complying with current state and federal regulations as well as exceeding industry standards. As part of this announcement, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) began testing the water for levels of lead from all schools
more » ... across the district. Our top priority is the health and safety of our students and staff, and this testing was initiated out of an abundance of caution to ensure the water in our schools is safe. Schools are being tested based on a priority criteria that includes the age of the school, age of the students (with priority given to schools with pre-K programs), presence of a kitchen (where meals are prepared) and presence of pipes that could need repairs or replacement. The results of all the schools are coming in on a rolling basis, and the majority have had levels under the EPA's action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). At LaSalle samples were tested from 14 sites and the water sampled from a drinking fountain and sink were above the action level of 15 ppb: A drinking fountain on the first floor outside of the lunchroom, and a sink on the first floor inside Room 102. The water from the sink and fountain have been turned off and remediation plans are being created. Chicago's water supply is free of lead when it leaves the treatment plant. However, lead can be found in some interior plumbing fixtures and materials, and lead found in tap water usually comes from the corrosion of these items. This explains why only two of the samples at LaSalle returned with elevated results-the issue is not system-wide, but is specific to the fixtures or pipes for that sink and fountain and will be addressed though the remediation plan. The full results of every school's water samples can be found online at cps.edu/leadtesting. Federal guidance indicates that children under the age of six are at the highest risk for harmful lead exposure, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources, including paint, soil and even some consumer products. If you are concerned about your child's possible lead exposure risks, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) recommends going to your pediatrician or one of the local health care providers listed in the attachment for testing. Additionally, CDPH's lead hotline can address any health related questions you may have or help you in deciding whether to have your child tested; for questions or more information, please call 312-747-5323. For additional information about lead and children, visit www.cdc.gov/lead. The safety of your children is our highest priority, and we are doing everything in our power to address this situation in a quick and thorough manner. We will continue to keep you and your family informed throughout this process. Sincerely,
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