San Diego school district announces new water testing plan

Sept. 15, 2017
Three-year program will involve testing all water at district facilities.

SAN DIEGO, CA, SEPT 15, 2017 -- A new, three-year program to test all the water outlets in San Diego Unified School District facilities was announced this week, following the discovery of lead in water supplies at several of the district's facilities earlier this year.

In April, testing at 207 district facilities showed 19 percent had lead in their water. By July. The district approved a plan to lower the acceptable level of lead at its locations throughout the county.

NBC San Diego reports all San Diego schools will be re-tested, and officials will take action if lead levels are recorded above 5 parts per billion (ppb). The state mandate requires schools to fix problems if they discover lead in water at levels greater than 15 ppb, making the district one of the lowest lead action level of any school district in California.

According to a news release, SDUSD aims to present options to the school board that would allow for the district to further reduce the action level to 1 ppb by 2020.

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