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Lead Tests

Greater Albany Public Schools tested all drinking and food preparation water fixtures for lead in all schools this summer. Due to high demand, results from the labs are taking longer than expected. Test results for all schools will be published here when they are available.

Any fixtures that show elevated lead levels will be disconnected, repaired and retested. Faucets with elevated lead levels will not be reconnected until the water has been tested and proven safe for drinking.

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Resultados del análisis del agua – 12 de septiembre


Test Results – Sept. 12

No elevated lead results

Albany Options School: Testing complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Central Elementary School: Testing complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Fir Grove Elementary School: Partial results available, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Liberty Elementary School: Tests nearly complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Memorial Middle School: Partial results available, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

North Albany Elementary School: Tests nearly complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Oak Elementary School: Testing complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Oak Grove Elementary School: Testing complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

Timber Ridge: Due to age of building, random sampling only, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results

District Office: Testing complete, no elevated levels

Lead Testing Results


Elevated lead levels found

Results are in for the following schools that show elevated lead results for one or more water sources.

Calapooia Middle School: Partial results, two sources have elevated lead levels

  • Shop Fountain: 148.0 ppb
  • Shop Classroom Sink: 31.5 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Clover Ridge Elementary School: Partial results, four sources have elevated lead levels

  • Faucet between Rooms 10 and 13: 29.6 ppb
  • Faucet in Workroom by Office: 26.5 ppb
  • Faucet in Room 9: 25.3 ppb
  • Faucet in Kitchen: 23.5 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Fairmount Building: Partial results, two sources have elevated lead levels

  • Room 15 Faucet: 43.0 ppb
  • Room 17 Sink Bubbler: 26.6 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Lafayette Elementary School: Partial results, three sources have elevated lead levels

  • Room 3: 22.3 ppb
  • Room 9: 24.9 ppb
  • Room 18: 20.5 ppb

Lead Testing Results

North Albany Middle School: Partial results, seven sources have elevated lead levels

  • Room 19 Sink: 24.4 ppb
  • Store Sink: 175.0 ppb
  • Bookroom Sink: 121.0 ppb
  • Home Ec Sink 1: 27.0 ppb
  • Home Ec Sink 6: 26.5 ppb
  • Home Ec Sink 7: 26.3 ppb
  • Room 21 Sink: 79.6 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Periwinkle Elementary School: Partial results, three sources have elevated lead levels

  • Music/Computer Room: 33.1 ppb – faucet replaced, no lead detected upon retest
  • Room 10: 66.6 ppb – faucet replaced, no lead detected upon retest
  • Room 13: 21.6 ppb – faucet replaced, no lead detected upon retest

Lead Testing Results – inital report
Lead Testing Results – additional fixtures
Lead Testing Results – retests after faucet replacements

South Albany High School: Partial results, two sources have elevated lead levels

  • Library Sink: 98.4 ppb
  • Work Room Sink: 97.2 ppb

Lead Testing Results 1
Lead Testing Results 2

South Shore Elementary School: Full results, one source has elevated levels

  • Special Ed. Room: 21.7 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Sunrise Elementary School: Partial results, five sources have elevated lead levels

  • Resource: 152.0 ppb
  • Room 1: 20.2 ppb
  • Room 2: 25.5 ppb
  • Room 10: 24.6 ppb
  • Room 13: 24.1 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Takena Elementary School: Partial results, three sources have elevated lead levels

  • Room 3-4 Work Room Faucet: 25.5 ppb
  • Library Work Room Faucet: 120.0 ppb
  • First Aid Room Faucet: 20.1 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Tangent Elementary School: Partial results, three sources have elevated lead levels

  • Room 3: 21.3 ppb
  • Room 5: 22.7 ppb
  • Room 11: 29.0 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Waverly Elementary School: Partial results, five sources have elevated lead levels

  • West Hall Fountain: 27.0 ppb – faucet replaced, 10.1 ppb detected upon retest
  • Room 15: 70.9 ppb
  • Room 9: 111.0 ppb
  • Room 8: 20.1 ppb – faucet replaced, 3.8 ppb detected upon retest
  • Room 7: 294.0 ppb

Lead Testing Results
Lead Testing Results – Retests after faucet replacements

West Albany High School: Partial results available, one source has elevated levels

  • Greenhouse: 31.0 ppb
  • Wood Shop Drinking Fountain: 27.9 ppb

Lead Testing Results

Any fixture with tests showing elevated lead levels will be kept out of service until tests show that they no longer exceed allowable lead levels.


EPA Recommendations

The Environmental Protection Agency recommends disconnecting any water fixture with lead levels of 20 parts per billion (ppb) or higher.

Testing protocol:

GAPS followed the EPA recommended protocol for water testing:

The EPA recommends that schools collect 250 mL first-draw samples (i.e., samples of stagnant water before any flushing or use occurs) from water fountains and other outlets used for consumption, and that the water fountains and/or outlets be taken out of service if the lead level exceeded 20 ppb. The sample was designed to pinpoint specific fountains and outlets that require remediation (e.g. water cooler replacement). The school sampling protocol maximizes the likelihood that the highest concentrations of lead are found because the first 250 mL are analyzed for lead after overnight stagnation.

EPA report: Controlling Lead in Drinking Water for Schools and Day Care Facilities: A Summary of State Programs

Read Gaps starts testing for lead in Democrat-Herald.


Resources

If you have questions, please email: info@albany.k12.or.us


Well Water Tests

Some of our rural schools have their own wells, which are tested regularly as required by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Tests at Tangent Elementary School showed elevated levels of coliform bacteria, which are naturally present in the environment but may indicate other potentially harmful bacteria.

The school is providing outside water to students for drinking. Facilities staff are flushing the well water system and will retest.

Tangent Elementary School: Coliform Bacteria

Testing Results