Lead in Water Information

    • SSD follows the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3T guidelines for water quality monitoring and mitigation.  The monitoring protocol requires an initial "first draw" sampling of water from fixtures and a second "flush draw" confirmatory 30 second flush sample if the initial samples show an elevated level of lead.
    • In March 2016 SSD contacted an environmental engineering firm to request a proposal for performing lead testing in our school district buildings.  Beginning June 2016, samples from all of our buildings were taken by our environmental engineering firm and sent to a certified laboratory.  The EPA action level for samples is 20 parts per billion (ppb).  Following the EPA's 3T guidelines water samples have been taken from all of our buildings.

    • The samples taken from Sherwood High School, Sherwood Middle School, Laurel Ridge Middle School, Edy Ridge Elementary School, District Office, and Operations (Cipole) Building had no actionable levels of lead.  The samples taken from Archer Glen Elementary, Middleton Elementary and Hopkins Elementary each had one fixture that showed lead levels above the EPA recommended action level of 20 ppb.  

    • In the time period between the initial sampling and the confirmatory tests we took a number of steps out of an abundance of caution.  These steps included immediately taking the fixture out of service by encapsulating the fixture with a plastic bag and posting a sign on the fixture stating: "Out of Service - Do Not Use".  SSD took both an initial "first draw" sample and a second "flush draw" sample that were sent to the laboratory by our environmental engineer.  The laboratory tested all "first draw" samples and tested the second "flush draw" samples only if the "first draw" showed levels above the EPA's recommended action level.  See initial testing summary table below:

    •  BUILDING SUMMARY RESULT MITIGATION STEPS
      (when applicable)
       SUMMARY REPORT
       SHERWOOD HIGH SCHOOLAll samples below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb EPA recommended testing completed SHS Summary Report 7/28/16
       SHERWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOLAll samples below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb  EPA recommended testing completed SMS Summary Report 7/28/16
       LAUREL RIDGE MIDDLE & EDY RIDGE ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS All samples below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb  EPA recommended testing completed LRMS & ERES Summary Report 7/28/16
       MIDDLETON ELEMENTARY One (1) fixture test result above the EPA recommended action level (Room #1).  
      All other samples below 20 ppb
       Immediate removal of fixture from use. Remove and replace fixture.  Retest fixture. ME Summary Report 7/28/16
       ARCHER GLEN ELEMENTARY  One (1) fixture test result above the EPA recommended action level (Room #26).  
      All other samples below 20 ppb
       Immediate removal of fixture from use. Removed fixture in its entirety.  No longer necessary or required within space. AGE Summary Report 7/28/16
       J CLYDE HOPKINS ELEMENTARY One (1) fixture test result above the EPA recommended action level
      (Kitchen prep sink).  
      All other samples below 20 ppb
       Immediate removal of fixture from use. Remove and replace fixture.  Retest fixture. HE Summary Report 7/28/16
       DISTRICT OFFICE BUILDINGS All samples below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb  EPA recommended testing completedDO Summary Report 7/28/16 
       OPERATIONS (CIPOLE) BUILDING All samples below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb  EPA recommended testing completedOPS Summary Report 7/28/16 

    • Where sampling test results showed a lead level above the EPA action level of 20 ppb, mitigation steps noted above were taken.  Both fixtures (one at Hopkins Elementary and one at Middleton Elementary) remained "Out of Service" until they were cleared through a summary report provided by our environmental engineer.  See follow up testing summary table below:

    •  
       BUILDING SUMMARY RESULT MITIGATION STEPS
      (when applicable)
        SUMMARY REPORT
        MIDDLETON ELEMENTARY One (1) fixture (Room #1) replaced, re-sampled and re-tested. 
      Test results below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb
       Fixture remained "Out of Service" until test results were below 20 ppb.
        
      EPA recommended testing completed.
      ME Summary Report Fixture Re-test (#2) 1/6/17 
        J CLYDE HOPKINS ELEMENTARY One (1) fixture (Kitchen prep sink) replaced, re-sampled and re-tested.  Test results above EPA recommended action level.  Fixture remained "Out of Service".  Fixture valves and stops replaced, re-sampled and re-tested a third time.  
      Test results below EPA recommended action level 20 ppb.
      Fixture remained "Out of Service" until test results were below 20 ppb. 
       

      EPA recommended testing completed. 
       HE Summary Report Fixture Re-test (#2) 1/9/17


      HE Summary Report Fixture Re-test (#3) 4/17/17

      Results from test samples that SSD's Environmental Engineer submitted to the laboratory are well within the Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon Health Authority standards.

    • FAQ's  

    Q1. Who regulates and provides guidelines for lead in drinking water?
    A. The Environmental Protection Agency and Oregon Health Authority regulate lead levels in drinking water.  The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education released a reference guide on June 9, 2016 for schools and drinking water.

    Q2. Where can I get information about health impacts from lead?
    A. The Multnomah County Health Department is a recognized authority with expertise in preventing and addressing health impacts from lead.  The Multnomah County Health Department website Multnomah Co - Lead Poisoning Prevention provides excellent information.  Washington County Health and Human Services also provides valuable information about lead in water on their website Wash Co - Lead in Water.

    Q3. Has SSD taken action to test drinking water in its buildings?
    A. Yes, in June, SSD hired an environmental engineering firm to take samples from all of our buildings and sent them for testing to an accredited laboratory.  Results are shared in the tables above with links to building summary reports.

    Q4. What will SSD do if test results show elevated levels of lead in drinking water?
    A. SSD will follow EPA guidelines to mitigate test results for elevated levels of lead in drinking water.