EBMUD joins new round of water testing for lead at Oakland schools

Officials with the East Bay Municipal Utility District on Thursday [Nov. 9, 2017 —ed.] will start testing the water at all 86 schools in the Oakland Unified School District, after lead was found in some of the schools’ drinking fountains. (video: Allie Rasmus reports, Media: KTVU)

In an effort to protect students and allay rising concerns of parents over the discovery of alarming levels of lead contamination in plumbing fixtures at 10 Oakland public schools, district administrators launched a new round of water quality tests this week at all campuses.

The latest testing, which began Thursday, is being conducted by the East Bay Municipal Utility District as an added check on the process. Since August, the Oakland Unified School District has performed tests on about 70 of the 86 schools in its jurisdiction.

photo of closed drinking fountains - EBMUD joins in new round of water testing for lead at Oakland schools
Some drinking fountains at Oakland schools – elementary, high schools – tested positive for lead, prompting tests of plumbing fixtures in area-wide schools.

Tests are set to be conducted at the remaining schools over the next few weeks, said John Sasaki, a district spokesman. EBMUD, the East Bay’s main water provider, is starting from scratch at each school. As of Friday, it had taken water samples from Allendale, Bella Vista, Bridges and Chabot elementary schools, said Sasaki. It also took samples at McClymonds High School, […]

More about the lead in the water in schools:

Hillsborough School District found lead in its water, didn’t tell parents for a year.

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Requiring California Water Districts to Test School Water for Lead

What Nashville’s Metro Schools Isn’t Telling You About Lead In Water

Replacing fixtures will get rid of lead in schools’ drinking water: expert

Flint Water Crisis Deaths Likely Surpass Official Toll

Watchdog says lack of EPA oversight helped cause ‘catastrophic’ Flint water crisis

Sacramento State system lets students check water fountains

ACLU Wants Flint Kids Screened for Impact of Lead

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East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) will start testing the water at all 86 schools in the Oakland Unified School District, after lead was found in some of the schools' drinking fountains.
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