More than 100 schools supplied with water within the Perris-based Eastern Municipal Water District are below thresholds for harmful lead content, it was announced Friday.
According to the EMWD, samples collected from all 111 public schools located in the district showed that none of them exceeded 15 parts per billion in lead content, the metric identified under the California Safe Drinking Water Act as potentially unhealthful.
“We are proud to have partnered with our public schools to promote public health and provide parents and students confidence in the water served at schools,” EMWD President Ronald Sullivan said.
The district was required under Assembly Bill 746, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October 2017, to conduct lead testing at all public educational facilities by July 1 of this year.
The aim of the legislation, according to Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher, D-San Diego, is to ensure that any “potable source of drinking water” at school sites is not contaminated. If high lead levels are identified, parents and guardians must be notified immediately and water district officials are required to take steps to mitigate the hazard.
The legislation does not mandate that a water district test private schools’ water. However, the institutions can request that a test be performed before Nov. 1.
According to the EMWD, the agency conducts 40,000 water quality tests annually as a matter of policy to confirm “homes, schools and businesses receive high-quality water that meets state and federal drinking water standards.”
The district, which spans 555 square miles, serves Hemet, Mead Valley, Menifee, Moreno Valley, Perris, San Jacinto, the Temecula Valley and Winchester.
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