Three San Diego Schools Shut Off Drinking Water Due to Lead Contamination

Nov. 5, 2018

The schools will provide students with bottled water until lead contamination is addressed

On Nov. 2, San Diego Unified School District shut off drinking water at three schools that showed elevated levels of lead. Lead levels above the district’s standard of 5 ppb were discovered in fountains at Encanto and Birney Elementary schools, while six water filters at Fletcher Elementary School tested above the district’s standards, according to ABC News.

The district will provide bottled water to the schools and will take additional samples, according to a letter the district sent to parents.

“We have launched an investigation and will be taking additional samples from all drinking water fountains in the district that have previously been remediated with a lead certified filter,” the district said in the letter.

At Fletcher Elementary, elevated lead levels were discovered at six locations, including three drinking fountains and three faucets. The district previously adopted a tougher lead standard of 5 pbb, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s standard for bottled water, following a July 2017 investigation which found high lead levels at several schools in the county.

The district has scheduled an information meeting with parents at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, at Fletcher Elementary to discuss the findings, as reported by NBC San Diego.