In light of events concerning the quality of area water, the Allegheny Valley School District took a proactive approach and had the water in all
of its buildings tested for lead in March. As part of a preliminary report, the District was notified that a sample in Colfax Upper Elementary
School recorded higher levels of lead than acceptable. With the results, Allegheny Valley had AGX, Inc Environmental Consultants conduct
additional tests on March 18 to assess the levels of lead in the water. Results of all tests are located on the web site.
However, parents, students, and members of the community may be looking for additional information on lead levels in water. If so, the following resources may be useful:
March 22, 2017
As explained in last week's letter concerning precautionary water testing in the District, AGX Inc. Environmental Consultants conducted additional tests on Saturday, March 18, to assess any presence of lead in the drinking water.
Approximately 104 samples were taken from 51 areas (drinking water, cooking fixtures, faucets) throughout the Colfax Upper Elementary School building. In addition, Springdale Borough also conducted tests on the water coming into the building.
AGX Inc. determined that from the 51 areas tested, 13 first draw samples resulted in unacceptable lead levels; in contrast, the second draw of water were all below the acceptable amount. A representative from AGX Inc. explained, “Allegheny Valley School District meets the regulatory standard for acceptable lead levels. The test levels are a precautionary measure and the district will receive recommended corrective actions.”
Of the 13 areas with higher than acceptable lead levels on the first draw, 12 areas were classroom sinks. One area was a water fountain that also tested above an acceptable amount on the first draw only. Our plan is to keep the 12 sinks shut off and dismantle the water fountain. AGX reported that “all other areas in the building are safe to drink.”
In addition, the District has contacted or consulted with the Allegheny County Health Department, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and the Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory at Penn State University.
Please know that Allegheny Valley continues to treat this issue with every precaution.The health and welfare of students and staff remain our first priority. The District will proceed with an open policy and will continue to keep parents informed. Therefore, all reports are available on the District’s website, www.avsdweb.org.You can find the information on the home page under <News> <Update: Water Testing>.
Parents/guardians are asked to contact the District with any questions or concerns. As always, your support in this process is much appreciated.
Patrick M. Graczyk
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