Drinking Water at Palo Verde Elementary

Drinking Water at Palo Verde Elementary
Posted on 02/17/2017

February 17, 2017 

Dear Parent:

We were informed this morning that, as the result of recent testing of our drinking water by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality at Palo Verde Elementary, it was discovered that one water sample in the B-Wing was not in compliance with the federal lead drinking water standard of 15 parts of lead per billion parts of water.  As a result, all access to drinking fountains at the school was immediately shut off, with signs posted to inform students, staff, and visitors of this.  Students were supplied with bottled water to drink, and they will continue to be provided bottled water, unless they choose to bring their own bottled water from home.  The school’s water supply may continue to be used for hand-washing and restrooms.

We intend to correct this problem as soon as we possibly can.  Our District has contacted the Arizona School Facilities Board to request emergency assistance.  Further testing will take place to identify the precise source of the lead, and remedial steps will be taken to ensure that the drinking water is safe.  Other schools across the state, including schools in Phoenix, Flagstaff, and San Manuel have also exceeded the above federal standard.

More information about the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality’s Public School Drinking Water Lead Screening Program is available at http://www.azdeq.gov/leadscreeningprog.


                                                        Frank Davidson


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