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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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cottonwood Elementary
Lead: Expanded testing complete and no elevated levels of lead  found. 
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

Keewaydin Discovery Center
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mid-Columbia Partnership
Lead: Testing complete and no elevated levels of lead found.
Copper: Testing complete and no elevated levels of copper found.

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. 

Phoenix 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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

Washington State Department of Health – Lead in Drinking Water

Washington State Department of Health – Copper in Drinking Water

City of Kennewick - Water Quality