Chicago Public Schools-­-Department of Facility Operations School Lead Water Testing-­-Data Collection Form

Forrest Claypool, Julie
2016 unpublished
Dear Cameron 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 Cameron samples were tested from 22 sites and the water sampled from one fountain was above the action level of 15 ppb: A fountain on the first floor read at 241, 99.8. 84.6, and 20.7 ppb. The water from the fountain has 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 one of the samples at Cameron returned with elevated results-the issue is not system-wide, but is specific to the fixtures or pipes for that 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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