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January 16, 2017

School District Water Testing Updates

Kennewick School District has joined school districts across the state in voluntarily sampling and testing drinking water for lead and copper. Under current law, schools served by city water systems are exempt from mandatory water testing, however Kennewick School District chose to take a proactive approach to ensure that all students and staff have safe, clean drinking water.

Initial testing was conducted from December 20 to 22, 2016 by Fulcrum Environmental Consulting. During the three-day process, approximately 1,160 fixtures throughout the district were tested, including fixtures that supply drinking water, are used for food preparation, or could be used to fill a water bottle.

The district is starting to receive preliminary results. As fixtures are identified in schools and district buildings as having lead and copper levels that meet or exceed recommended levels, they are taken out of service and retested. All fixtures meeting or exceeding recommended levels of lead will be automatically replaced before the second round of testing occurs. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recommends further action if lead levels meet or exceed the following:

  • Lead: 15 parts per billion (15 ppb, or .015 mg/L)
  • Copper: an action level of 1,300 parts per billion (1,300 ppb, 1.3mg/L)

When lead and copper are found in tap water it is typically due to leaching from internal plumbing materials. If the water is too corrosive, it can cause lead or copper to leach out of the plumbing materials and enter the drinking water.

The potential for leaching increases the longer the water is in contact with the plumbing components. School water supplies tend to have extended periods of no water use (e.g., overnight, weekends, holidays, summer) that increase the likelihood of elevated lead levels at the tap.

If you have questions regarding district copper and lead testing, contact Keith Colee at (509) 222-5867.

Water Testing Updates

Administration Center - Updated 2/15/17
Lead: 
Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 1/27/17

Amistad Elementary - Updated 4/4/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/17/17

Canyon View Elementary - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/23/17

Chinook Middle School - Updated 8/17/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report

Cascade Elementary - Updated 5/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/22/17

Cottonwood Elementary
Lead: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of lead  found. 
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/9/17

Desert Hills Middle School - Updated 8/17/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/17/17

Eastgate Elementary - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/10/17

Edison Elementary - Updated 3/13/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 2/22/17

Hawthorne Elementary - Updated 2/28/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Further testing of one faucet and one drinking fountain complete and safe for use.
View Initial Report - 2/9/17

Highlands Middle School - Updated 4/11/17
Lead: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/10/17

Horse Heaven Hills Middle School - Updated 4/4/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/13/17

Kamiakin High School - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/12/17

Keewaydin Discovery Center
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/27/17

Kennewick High School - Updated 4/11/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/17/17

Legacy High School - Updated 8/17/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Further testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report -1/27/17

Lincoln Elementary - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/13/17

MTS Building - Updated 3/13/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/27/17

Mid-Columbia Partnership
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report  - 1/27/17

Park Middle School - Updated 2/28/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 2/10/17

Phoenix High School - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated leves of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/27/17

Ridge View Elementary - Updated 3/13/17
Lead: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found. 
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 1/13/17

Sage Crest Elementary - Updated 3/23/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/2/17

Southgate Elementary - Updated 3/13/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/17/17

Southridge High School - Updated 8/17/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Further testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/10/17

Sunset View Elementary - Updated 4/11/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/23/17

Tri-Tech Skills Center - Updated 8/17/17
Lead: Third round of testing for complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Further testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 1/18/17

Vista Elementary - Updated 2/15/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 1/23/17

Washington Elementary - Updated 2/15/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found. 
View Initial Report - 2/1/17

Westgate Elementary - Updated 4/4/17
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.
View Initial Report - 2/2/17

Washington State Department of Health – Lead in Drinking Water

Washington State Department of Health – Copper in Drinking Water

City of Kennewick - Water Quality