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Tests show CSD Water Supply is Safe

The Centralia School District has released recent results of lead testing in local school water supplies. The tests were conducted by Water Management Laboratories, Inc in Tacoma, WA on June 4, 2016. They show that the District’s water supplies meet all applicable federal and state guidelines for lead concentrations.

“In very basic terms, these test results confirm that the drinking water supplied to our schools is safe and contains lead concentrations well below federal action levels,” said Phil Iverson, Director of Facilities and Maintenance.

The Federal Action Level for lead in school water supplies, or the concentration level which requires remedial action, is .015 milligrams per liter (mg/L). “All of our tested locations except one, room 202 at Centralia High School, were well below the action level standards,” Iverson said. “Room 202 tested at .016 and we are looking into the cause of that. It is not a faucet that supplies drinking water. All other test locations ranged from under .001 mg/L to .012 mg/L, well within federal water quality standards.”

“With all the attention that lead in school water supplies has been getting across the state this year, we felt it was important to verify that our water was safe for students to consume,” said Superintendent Mark Davalos. “We are pleased with these test results, and proud that we are preparing to bring students back to school in well maintained buildings with safe water.”

Iverson said that the district’s plan going forward will be to test the water in schools at least twice every year. “Ideally I would like to test at the beginning of the school year, mid-year, and just prior to the release of students for summer break,” he said.

View the water test results here