ELK GROVE, Calif. – November 14, 2017 – Earlier this past week, Sacramento’s Channel 3 KCRA, sent a reporter, unannounced, to randomly sample water from several northern California public schools including three Elk Grove Unified schools: Florin High School, Isabelle Jackson Elementary and Monterey Trail High School. Unfortunately, the reporter neglected to inform school officials that our schools’ water was being sampled and taken from our schools to a laboratory to be tested. As a result, we were not privy to the validity of the testing.
Appropriate drinking water testing requires strict protocols to ensure accurate results. Assuming proper procedures were followed, the EGUSD sites that were tested contained no detectable levels of lead and all measures were within EPA thresholds. Had we been contacted on this report, we would have shared that, as a District, we take the safety of our drinking water seriously and we would have noted that we took early initiative to begin a new testing program at all of our sites.
Pursuant to a program administered by the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), School Districts have until November 1, 2019 to request free independent drinking water tests by local water purveyors. Our District proactively and deliberately took advantage of this program. Beginning in January of 2017, the District began working with local water agencies to test drinking water at all school sites. To date, independent testing continues using appropriate protocols as prescribed by the SWRCB.
Tests and results are complete for all sites under the purview of the Elk Grove Water District and Sacramento City Utilities. Testing is also complete for sites served by Cal American Water and results are forthcoming. Also, testing is underway for all sites served by Sacramento County Water Agency (SCWA). It is worth noting that in early 2016 SCWA sampled three “typical” sites in a proactive effort and results were all below EPA thresholds. All sites that are served by well water have also been tested and results were below EPA thresholds.
The safety of our students and staff is always a priority and providing safe drinking water is critical for our students. We want to assure our parents, students, and staff that in the event that any test results exceed safe drinking water standards, established by the EPA, the District would immediately notify all affected parties and take appropriate actions in collaboration with the local water agency, State Water Resources Control Board and County Health Department.
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) is the fifth-largest school district in California located in southern Sacramento County. EGUSD covers 320 square miles and includes 67 schools: 42 elementary schools, nine middle schools, nine high schools, five alternative education schools, an adult school, one charter school and a virtual academy. Offering a multitude of educational programs, including over 70 career-themed academies and pathways within 15 industry sectors, we prepare our students for college and career by supporting them with the means to be creative problem solvers; self-aware, self-reliant, and self-disciplined; technically literate; effective communicators and collaborators; and engaged in the community as individuals with integrity. We integrate rigorous academics with career-based learning and real world workplace experiences and ensure that Every Student is Learning, in Every Classroom, in Every Subject, Every Day.
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