June 2, 2016
Dear ASD Families:
I would like to update you on the water quality testing in the district.
On May 6 we sent a letter home about recently discovered water-testing results from 2008 that showed elevated levels of lead in 20 fixtures across 10 schools. Eight of the 20 fixtures had been addressed through renovations. The district was unable to verify if the remaining 12 fixtures were replaced.
As a precaution, I ordered the remaining 12 fixtures be removed from use and retested.
On May 9, an external environmental services company collected samples from the 12 fixtures. Out of an abundance of caution, five additional fixtures located in the same rooms also were tested, for a total of 17 samples.
The Washington State Department of Health protocol for water testing requires a two-step process. The results from the first round of testing passed eight fixtures without need for the second step. Even though initial retesting results were below actionable levels, on May 20, the environmental services company retested all 17 fixtures for a second sample using protocols established by the Washington State Department of Health.
The results from the second samples came back Tuesday. After the second round of testing, none of the fixtures showed elevated levels of lead and all meet the water quality standards of the Washington State Department of Health. This is great news!
Assuring drinking water that meets standards for our students and staff is our top priority. We are doing everything we can and must do to accomplish this. District-wide testing of all drinking water sources is scheduled to begin June 4.
The district continues to work closely with the Washington State Department of Health, Public Health-King County & Seattle and the City of Auburn.
Additional information and resources are available on our website at www.auburn.wednet.edu/water.
Thank you for your patience as we work our way through this process.