Water Testing

In 2017, the State passed a law that requires schools constructed before 2000 and occupied by preschool through fifth grade students to test its potable water sources for lead. Potable water sources include drinking fountains, classroom faucets and sinks used for food preparation in buildings occupied by children under first grade. District 58 is diligent about providing a safe and healthy learning environment for students and staff and went beyond the law requirements to complete testing at all schools in fall 2017. The District’s goal is always to provide school building occupants with an adequate supply of safe, potable water.

Following last year’s water testing, the District reported results to parents and staff and remediated water fixtures with any level of lead by removing or shutting off the fixture, replacing parts, or adding a filter, among other strategies. In early 2018, the District’s Buildings and Grounds Department evaluated its remediation efforts by retesting water fixtures at Henry Puffer, Highland, Hillcrest and Whittier. The District used these initial re-testing results to better understand which remediation efforts worked best and how to plan and budget for regular water testing and remediation at all schools.

In fall 2018, TEM Environmental, an outside contractor, retested all District 58 water fixtures that were serviced or replaced last school year. District 58 received those results in mid-November and shared them with parents and staff. The Buildings and Grounds Department immediately shut off service to water fixtures with lead levels at or above 5 ppb will begin remediation work during Thanksgiving break. The federal safe drinking water action level is 15 parts per billion (ppb). However, Illinois requires that parents and guardians be notified directly whenever the lead level exceeds 5 parts per billion. 

District 58 has currently met all regulations and will continue to do periodic water testing.  Additional information on lead in water can be found from the EPA, the CDC, and the Illinois Department of Public Health. Those with additional questions about water testing may contact District 58’s Director of Buildings and Grounds Kevin Barto at 630-719-5858 for more information.

2018-19 school year results

Summary: The only fixtures that tested above 5 ppb at any school were sinks not typically used for drinking or bottle filling.

2017-18 school year results