509-J Stakeholders, As we wrap up another school year I wanted to inform you of the work the district is doing to ensure our water supply is safe for our students and staff. As we are all concerned about lead in drinking water, our District will follow the guidance provided by the Oregon Department of Education and the Oregon Health Authority.
We will do this by:
1. Identification of Potential Sources of Lead
Our District will test all taps used for drinking or food preparation on school property to identify any potential lead problems. We will follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s 3 Ts Revised Technical Guidance to ensure that samples for lead are collected properly and from the right places. Samples will be sent to an OHA-accredited drinking water laboratory for lead analysis.
2. Stop Access if Lead is Found
If harmful amounts of lead are found, then access to water taps will be shut off and access denied.
3. Communication of Results
The District will make the results from tests for lead in water available to students, families, and the community as quickly as possible.
4. Mitigation and Correction
Replacement of any potential source of lead in building plumbing will ocure as provided through the EPA 3Ts Guidance.
Rick Molitor, Superintendent
Jefferson County School District 509-J
Jefferson County ESD