St. Andrew's Episcopal School sent the following update about its water system to parents today:
Since my email to you about lead being found in the South Campus water, we have retested the water several times as well as taken additional steps to ensure the water is safe for all of our students.
The new tests conducted at unfiltered water sources confirm that lead levels remain above what the EPA calls the “action level” of 15 ppb. We received a broad range of numbers in the numerous tests we conducted, from below 15 to over 300 ppb.
We also included water sources that had been outfitted with filtration systems when we retested. These tests confirm that the filtration systems are working. In the sources we tested that had filters installed, the levels ranged from 0.0 to 3.8 ppb.
Drinking fountains at the Lower School will remain shut down until reverse osmosis systems are installed campus-wide and tests confirm each filter’s effectiveness (we are using PureGen HERQ systems on the fountains). The kitchen already has filters installed on the sinks. Please note, purified water has been used for drinking and cooking since February 24, when we were first made aware of a potential threat and the fountains were turned off.
In checking with the MS Health Department we learned that no lead concerns have been detected in the Ridgeland water, but we are conducting independent testing so that we will know the actual water situation on both campuses.
Lastly, while I only have anecdotal information to report, I have been told by a number of SA parents that their pediatricians have said that no child has tested positive for lead in the hundreds of tests they have conducted. If you remain concerned, I encourage you to consult your pediatrician.
We are moving as quickly and as intentionally as possible. I greatly appreciate the cooperation, patience, and support that you have given the school in recent weeks.