Water Testing Report

Low angle close up view of child drinking water streaming from water fountain

GCCF Water Report
John Wetten Water Report
Kraxberger Water Report
Gladstone High Water Report
District Office Water Report

This summer the Gladstone School District hired an independent lab to systematically test school faucets and drinking fountains to ensure a safe water supply. More than 500 water samples from the district’s five buildings were analyzed for lead and copper.

“Protecting the health of our students and staff is a top priority,” said Superintendent Bob Stewart. “We movedquickly to remedy each problem identified before school started.”

Water samples were evaluated based on EPA and state standards requiring lead levels of less than 15 parts per billion in schools. [15 parts per billion is proportionally like 1 teaspoon of lead in one thousand 55-gallon drums of water.]

“We did two types of tests on each faucet,” explained facilities manager Ryan Johnson. “This double check gave us an accurate read on the cause of any lead issues so we can properly remedy each problem.”

One test was made using dormant water sampled after sitting undisturbed in fixtures and pipes overnight.  The second test was done on water sampled after flushing the line for 30 seconds.

The district this week received results from water tests at all five sites. Received test results are posted here. These tests revealed no problems with copper levels in any building. All faucets with lead issues identified by these tests will be remedied before school starts on September 7. Findings are as follows:

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When lead levels above 15 ppb are found, the state mandates remedies such as daily flushing of the system.

In an abundance of caution, the Gladstone District will remedy any finding above 12 ppb, as follows:
• Replace the faulty faucet, disconnect the water source, or provide signs indicating not to drink the non-potable water, for example, in science lab sinks.
• Notify parents, students, and staff of actions taken.

Any faucet with a lead reading of 5 to 11 ppb will be retested on an annual basis. A plan for future water testing is being developed in accordance with state guidelines.

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Nelson, Director of Finance and Operations, at 503.655.2777 x594.