ACPS Water Clear: Lead Below Action Level

Water at all ACPS schools and buildings has been found to be well below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level for lead.

ACPS conducted precautionary tests for lead on 66 water samples collected at 22 facilities. The lead level has to be less than 15 parts per billion for the water to be deemed below action level according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“These are the results we expected. However, it is good to have our expectations confirmed. Safety is always our first priority at ACPS and it is our responsibility to ensure that all our students have a safe and optimal environment in which to learn,” said Chief Operating Officer Clarence Stukes.

The decision to test water over the Memorial Day weekend was proactive and was taken in consultation with Virginia American Water and the Alexandria Health Department.

The Memorial Day weekend was selected for collecting samples as water in the building needed to be undisturbed for eight to 18 hours prior to sampling. Samples were sent to a certified laboratory for analysis. Several draw points were identified within each building, including food preparation areas and drinking fountains.

View a full list of the test results.

Read more from the Alexandria Health Department about lead in water.