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Water Lead Testing Summary

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PPS WATER LEAD TESTING


The Maine Legislature requires all schools in Maine to test their drinking water for the presence of lead by May 31, 2022. The Portland Public Schools is in the process of testing all its facilities. If testing shows that a sink, water faucet or drinking fountain has an elevated lead level, that outlet will remain shut off with a “DO NOT DRINK” sign until the problem is resolved. You can click HERE for the detailed lab results for each school where testing has been completed.  Results are still pending for a number of schools. We will post those lab results as we receive them.


Below is a brief, user-friendly summary of results for each school for which we have the test results so far and a list of the remediation steps that the district is taking to address any elevated results. An elevated lead result is defined as 4 parts per billion or greater. If your child is enrolled in the Portland Public Schools, you will be receiving direct communication about any outlets in your student’s school that are identified through testing.


REMEDIATION STEPS

Immediate:

  • - All drinking water fixtures with levels above 4 ppb have been removed from service. 

    - We have posted signs saying "For Cleaning Only" or “For Handwashing Only” on hand-washing sinks or other fixtures not intended for drinking or cooking.

    - We are retesting and reassessing water samples of the identified fixtures, along with inspecting the point of use and point of the entry plumbing system. 

Future plans to reduce any high lead levels in our drinking water include:

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  • - Contracting with lead management consultants to assist in the evaluation and remediation of fixtures
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  • - Installation of filtration systems. Point of Use and Point of Entry water treatment systems
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  • - Replacing fixtures, plumbing components and point of entry plumbing sections as deemed necessary
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  • - All fixtures and plumbing components affected by a corrective action are retested after the corrective action has been implemented.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF COMPLETED TESTING RESULTS AT EACH FACILITY
(YOU CAN VIEW DETAILED LAB REPORTS HERE)


HIGH SCHOOLS

 

- Casco Bay High School/PATHS: (results pending)

 

- Deering High School: 9 locations tested; 3 elevated results. All are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

- Portland High School: 25 locations tested; 4 elevated results. 1 is a drinking fountain that is shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved. 2 are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking. 1 is a kitchen kettle that has been shut off and posted with a “DO NOT USE” sign.

 

- Portland Adult Education: (results pending)

 

MIDDLE SCHOOLS

 

- King Middle School: 11 locations tested. 2 elevated results. Both locations are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

- Lincoln Middle School: 19 locations tested; 2 elevated results. 1 is a drinking fountain that is shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved. And 1 is a sink that has been posted with a sign indicating that it is not to be used for drinking.

 

- Lyman Moore Middle School: 16 locations tested. 3 elevated results. All locations are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS: 

 

- Amanda Rowe Elementary School: 44 locations tested. 11 elevated results. 3 are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking. 8 are drinking fountains that are shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved

 

- Cliff Island School: 1 location tested; 0 elevated results.

 

- East End Community School: 45 locations tested. 2 elevated results. Both are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

- Gerald E. Talbot Community School: 37 locations tested. 6 elevated results. 1 is a drinking fountain that is shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved. 5 are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

- Longfellow Elementary School: 18 locations tested; 16 elevated results. 15 are drinking fountains that are shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved. 1 is a sink sink that has been posted with a sign indicating that it is not to be used for drinking.

 

- Lyseth Elementary School: 38 locations tested; 3 elevated results. All are are drinking fountains that are shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved.

- Ocean Avenue School: 33 locations tested. 1 elevated result, which is a drinking fountain that is shut off and will not be used until the problem is resolved.

 

- Peaks Island Elementary School: 5 locations tested. 1 elevated result: the  principal's office sink, which has been posted with a sign indicating that it is not to be used for drinking. 

 

- Presumpscot Elementary School: 17 locations tested. 4 elevated results. All 4 are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.

 

- Reiche Elementary School: 30 locations tested; 18 elevated results. All are sinks that have been posted with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking.


Central Office: (results pending)


Further information:

Statewide test results for Maine schools can also be found the on Maine DWP website at: www.medwp.com/schools.html

 

For more information, go to this FAQ from the Maine CDC Drinking Water Program.