Drinking water tested, deemed safe at AISD schools

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AUSTIN (KXAN) — Parents who have expressed concern about what is coming out of their child’s water fountain at school needn’t be worried because the Austin Independent School District says recent tests have indicated the water is safe for drinking. In March, KXAN Education Reporter Erin Cargile reported the district did not test drinking water in its schools for lead, but that changed following our report.

City water departments conduct water quality tests before it goes to schools but once it reaches the customer, in this case schools, it’s the district’s responsibility. But districts are not required to test, even though dozens of AISD schools are more than 50 years old. Older buildings are more likely to have lead pipes and fixtures. Within weeks of our March story the district took action by testing the drinking water at 60 different campuses.

AISD received good news from the test results. Only one test from a water fountain at Zavala Elementary School tested above the acceptable range for lead. As a precaution, the district removed that fountain and did more testing around the school, all of which came back showing lead levels in the acceptable range. AISD officials believe the water at Zavala is safe.

KXAN’s Robert Hadlock spoke with AISD’s executive director of facilities, Paul Turner, about the quick response from the district.

“We wanted to go out and test some of our older buildings and it really was out of an abundance of caution,” Turner said after being asked if our story prompted their action.

“Do you think it’s necessary to test the other campuses?” Hadlock asked Turner. The district has 130 schools.

“I don’t that it would necessarily be a bad idea to maybe have a schedule where we go through periodically and do that,” responded Turner. “We don’t want our parents to feel uncomfortable. The parents are our constituents and we’re going to serve them in the way they need to be served.”

Schools AISD tested for lead in drinking water:

School Tested Date Tested Year Built Age
Allan ES 4/10/2016 1957 59
Allison ES 4/23/2016 1955 61
Anderson HS 4/7/2016 1973 43
Barrington ES 4/14/2016 1969 47
Barton Hills ES 4/10/2016 1964 52
Becker ES 4/10/2016 1936 80
Blackshear ES 4/10/2016 1903 113
Blanton ES 4/23/2016 1964 52
Brentwood 4/23/2016 1951 65
Brooke 4/23/2016 1954 62
Brown ES 4/8/2016 1957 59
Bryker Woods ES 4/12/2016 1939 77
Burnet MS 4/6/2016 1961 55
Casis ES 4/24/2016 1951 65
Cook ES 4/8/2016 1974 42
Cunningham 4/16/2016 1963 53
Dawson Es 4/10/2016 1954 62
Dobie MS 4/24/2016 1973 43
Doss ES 4/15/2016 1970 46
Fulmore MS 4/5/2016 1911 105
Garza HS 4/23/2016 1939 77
Govalle ES 4/23/2016 1940 76
Graham ES 4/24/2016 1972 44
Harris 4/23/2016 1955 61
Highland Park ES 4/24/2016 1952 64
Hill ES 4/7/2016 1970 46
Houston ES 4/17/2016 1976 40
Joslin ES 4/16/2016 1954 62
Langford ES 4/17/2016 1980 36
Lanier HS 4/6/2016 1966 50
LBJ HS 4/13/2016 1974 42
Lee ES 4/12/2016 1939 77
Linder ES 4/16/2016 1972 44
Maplewood 4/23/2016 1951 65
Martin MS 4/17/2016 1966 50
Mathews ES 4/12/2016 1916 100
Menchaca ES 4/16/2016 1975 41
Murchison ES 4/15/2016 1967 49
Norman ES 4/17/2016 1970 46
Oak Hill ES 4/16/2016 1974 42
Oak Springs ES 4/17/2016 1958 58
Odom 4/16/2016 1970 46
O’Henry MS 4/5/2016 1953 63
Ortega ES 4/17/2016 1959 57
Pease ES 4/16/2016 1876 140
Pecan Springs ES 4/13/2016 1957 59
Pillow ES 4/7/2016 1969 47
Reilly ES 4/23/2016 1954 62
Sims ES 4/13/2016 1956 60
St. Elmo ES 4/16/2016 1960 56
Sunset Valley ES 4/16/2016 1971 45
Travis Heights ES 4/10/2016 1938 78
Travis HS 4/10/2016 1953 63
Walnut Creek ES 4/14/2016 1961 55
Williams ES 4/16/2016 1976 40
Winn ES 4/10/2016 1970 46
Woolridge ES 4/8/2016 1969 47
Wooten ES 4/24/2016 1955 61
Zavala ES 4/10/2016 1937 79
Zilker ES 4/10/2016 1950 66

 

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