Recently concerns were expressed regarding the water quality at the South Campus. To ensure that all students were receiving safe, clean drinking water, the District contacted PDC Laboratories to assist with water quality testing. PDC Laboratories recommended we test for lead, copper, nitrates, and coliform/e.coli bacteria.
On May 8 & 9, 2016, fifteen water samples were collected from various drinking fountains and sinks on both the South Campus and North Campus following the protocols established by PDC Laboratories. The sample containers were packaged and shipped on May 9, 2016. Samples were received by PDC Laboratories on May 10, 2016.
Late in the evening on May 16, 2016, PDC Laboratories provided a draft report, which indicated one fountain on the South Campus (fountain near the Library) had lead levels that exceeded the recommended concentration. The draft report indicated additional testing would be done on the sample to ensure the reading was proper. As a precautionary measure, the fountain was taken out of service. The draft report also indicated that nitrate levels for the North Campus were near the maximum allowable concentration. The water provider was contacted and indicated that nitrate levels had been somewhat high.
On May 21, 2016, PDC Laboratories issued the final report. The lead level of one fountain at the South Campus (fountain near the Library) did have lead levels exceeding the recommended concentration. That fountain will remain out of service as we work to correct that situation. Nitrate levels at the North Campus were near the recommendation maximum allowable. We will continue to monitor that situation with the provider. No other issues were present in any samples.
The full report of water conditions is available for public review. Please know that it is our desire to provide safe, clean water for all of our students, staff, and campus visitors. We will continue to monitor the situation as we develop and institute protocols for our water system.