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Arthur Academy - "Safe and Healthy Schools" Plans


2016 Water Testing Results

Arthur Academy is taking steps to ensure safe drinking water by testing all faucets used for drinking water and food preparation

Arthur Academy will comprehensively test for lead in all water taps used for drinking water and food preparation in every school and building.

Where any elevated lead levels are found, the school will take steps to address the cause and provide a safe environment for students and staff. The school will:
  • Immediately stop the water from being consumed and ensure a source of safe drinking water is available.
  • Identify and eliminate the source of the lead.
  • Retest the water to ensure it is safe for students and staff.
  • Notify parents, students and staff of the results and actions taken.
 
Updated information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

Testing process
Arthur Academy has contracted with an independent professional environmental service, JSE Labs, to do comprehensive testing for lead in all water faucets for drinking and food preparation, following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended protocols for sampling water in schools. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce lead at any water outlet that has a lead level above 20 parts per billion (ppb) using these sampling protocols.

Comprehensive testing results

School

Sample Location

Result (ug/L)

Action Taken

David Douglas Arthur Academy

Office drinking fountain left

None Detected

None

Office drinking fountain right

None Detected

None

Outdoor drinking fountain

1.71

None

 

Lunchroom sink

4.80

None

 

Breakroom sink

12.1

None

 

Gresham Arthur Academy

Upstairs drinking fountain left

None Detected

None

Upstairs drinking fountain right

None Detected

None

Downstairs drinking fountain

0.833

None

 

Kitchen 1

0.756

None

 

Kitchen 2

1.28

None

 

Reynolds Arthur Academy

Office sink

0.822

None

Office drinking fountain right

None Detected

None

Office drinking fountain left

None Detected

None

 

Outside drinking fountain

0.556

None

 

Former church building Kitchen sink

1.07

None

 

St Helens Arthur Academy

Kitchen sink

2.51

None

1st Grade fountain

5.71

None

1st Grade sink

4.98

None

 

2nd Grade fountain

2.90

None

 

2nd Grade sink

6.08

None

 

7th Grade sink

17.9

Turned off- Repairs/Replacement scheduled for Spring 2017

 

8th Grade fountain

7.83

None

 

8th Grade sink

10.6

None

 

Woodburn Arthur Academy

Lunchroom drinking fountain left

0.256

None

Lunchroom drinking fountain right

0.267

None

Breakroom sink

None Detected

None

 

Outdoor drinking fountain

2.08

None

 

PortlandArthur Academy (Tested separately in 9/16)

 

 

 

Girls Drinking Fountain

Less than 15

None

Boys Drinking Fountain

23.9

Turned off pending plan for repairs/replacement

Downstairs Kitchen

44.2

Plumbing lines/fixtures replaced - remains unused pending new test results.

 

 

 

ug/L = micrograms per liter

   

1 ug/L = 1 part per billion

 
Where to learn more
Lead in water and other sources is a concern because high lead levels can contribute to serious negative health effects, especially for pregnant women, infants, and young children under 6 years old. Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can increase a person’s total lead exposure.

If you have any concerns about lead exposure, please see the resources below and/or contact your healthcare provider.

A few resources:
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Learn About Lead
  • Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead
  • Centers for Disease Control: Information for Parents About Lead
  • Oregon Health Authority: General Information for Parents About Lead