On Jan. 17, 2017, the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water announced a statewide initiative to test the drinking water in California’s K-12 schools for lead. The initiative encourages schools to work with their local water provider to sample the drinking water and identify any plumbing infrastructure repairs critical for the schools to address lead concerns.
Recent events in the United States have shown that lead in drinking water remains an on-going public health concern, particularly for children. Lead rarely occurs naturally in California’s drinking water sources, but may become present when water passes through older plumbing fixtures or lead based pipes.
Liberty Utilities Apple Valley (Liberty Utilities) proudly serves 20 schools within the local community and looks forward to working closely with school officials on this important initiative. Our team of highly-trained water quality professionals continuously monitors the water supply, conducting hundreds of laboratory tests each year on water taken from various sample points throughout our service area. Continuous monitoring helps ensure that drinking water meets all state and federal standards. We will share our water quality testing expertise to ensure schools receive prompt test results.
Schools that are interested in participating in this free program should complete the request form provided below. Liberty Utilities will update this page with additional information or updates as it becomes available.
Parents who are concerned about any potential detection of lead in drinking water at schools are encouraged to contact their school district for specific information.
To view the State Water Resources Control Board’s Division of Drinking Water’s announcement in its entirety, please click here.