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A new state law requires all Illinois school districts to test water fixtures used for drinking or food preparation in buildings constructed prior to 2000 and occupied by preschool through fifth grade for lead. The law also requires school districts to notify parents of any fixture used for drinking or food preparation that tests more than 5 ppb (parts per billion) for lead.

District 58 contracted with TEM Environmental, Inc., to gather the samples and ARRO Laboratory, Inc., an Illinois EPA-accredited laboratory, to complete its testing. District 58 is pleased to share that all water fixtures tested per the law’s requirements tested at less than 5ppb, the lead notification level, with the exception of one water fountain at Lester School. This fountain had not been in use, and it has since been removed.

District 58 is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment for our students and staff and, in addition to testing the required water supplies, chose to go beyond the law’s requirements and test all school water fixtures. While most of these additional water fixtures also tested less than 5 ppb, the District has addressed any that exceeded this level. As of Dec. 15, 2017, all water fixtures exceeding 5 ppb have been repaired, replaced or taken out of service. The District is retesting these fixtures to ensure that they fall below 5 ppb. 

Complete test results are available below. Please note, these test results include all District 58 water fixtures, including those not used for drinking or food preparation, as well as two tests for each fixture — the initial test and a post-flush test.  Additional information about lead in drinking water can be found at https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water.

District 58 is currently retesting water fixtures. We will post retest results as they become available.