Illustration of water being colllected for testing

Water Testing

Illustration of water being colllected for testingWater Testing at Charlottesville City Schools

Drinking and cooking water at Charlottesville City Schools has been tested for lead following state and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance. Action is required when testing finds lead at levels greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb). The most recent drinking/cooking water results are all below this limit.

History of Testing in Charlottesville

In 2016-2017, all schools’ high priority faucets (sources of drinking or cooking water) were tested. Samples were collected by the City of Charlottesville Facility Maintenance and were tested by several labs.  Out of the 326 fixtures, initially 9 tested higher than the 15 ppb threshold set by the EPA (and were temporarily taken out of service at that time). Following EPA protocols, a second test was conducted in January 2017, and at that point, 4 fixtures were cleared for use and 5 required additional attention. After measures were taken to address those 5 fixtures, they were tested again in February 2017, and all 5 met EPA standards. The 5 fixtures — located at Burnley-Moran (2), CHS, Jackson-Via, and Johnson – were then reopened for use.

Ongoing Maintenance

Having received full clearance for high priority fixtures, Charlottesville’s Facilities Maintenance department has adopted the following preventative measures, as recommended by the EPA, to ensure that drinking water remains safe:

  • Clean debris from accessible screens (aerators) frequently. Clean and inspect periodically.
  • Thoroughly flush holding tanks to remove sediment.

Future Testing

In 2020, Facilities Management will retest all fixtures that ever tested at half the EPA’s actionable level (7.5 ppb) as a further check on the water safety. In 2021 and future years, they will test the specified location plus and retest any fixture that in the previous year tested 7.5 or higher.

Retesting will take place on the following schedule (and repeated thereafter):

LOCATION: Scheduled Testing
Lugo-McGinness, Central Offices, Retests 2020
Venable and Retests 2021
Clark and Retests 2022
Walker and Retests 2023
Buford and Retests 2024
Greenbrier and Retests 2025
Burnley-Moran and Retests 2020
Johnson and Retests 2027
Jackson-Via and Retests 2028
CHS Stage 1 and Retests 2029
CHS Stage 2 and Retests 2030

 

Questions? Please contact Kim Powell, Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations at powellk1@charlottesvilleschools.org or 245-2400.