Water Lead Testing
With the passage of LD 153 (An Act to Strengthen Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water), the Maine Legislature mandated that all K-12 schools in Maine test their drinking water for the presence of lead. The state's Drinking Water Program has been charged with coordinating the effort, which took place during the 2021/2022 school year with a testing extension taking place in the fall of 2022.In compliance with Maine law, the Portland Public Schools has been testing all its facilities and remediating as needed.
If testing shows that a sink, water faucet or drinking fountain has an elevated lead level, that outlet is shut off or signs are posted saying "for cleaning purposes only" until the problem is resolved. Below are detailed lab results for individual PPS facilities.