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A Message Regarding Water Sampling in PYLUSD

Dear PYLUSD Families,

I wanted to take a moment to inform you of a new state requirement in support of our students and staff.

Effective January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 746 requires community water suppliers to test lead levels by July 1, 2019, in drinking water at all California public K-12 school sites constructed before January 1, 2010. In response, the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) will begin proactively testing drinking water for lead at all schools and facilities to ensure compliance with the State Water Resources Control Board’s strict water quality standards. Please be assured, there has been no evidence of water quality issues at any PYLUSD schools or facilities to prompt this.

In moving forward, PYLUSD staff members will accompany the district’s four separate water suppliers to school sites and facilities, and every effort will be made to conduct water sampling before school on specified dates. This includes City of Anaheim Public Utilities, City of Fullerton Public Works Department, Golden State Water Company, and Yorba Linda Water District. Sampling is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 14 and be completed by mid-March 2018.

The State Water Resources Control Board sampling protocol has established greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb) as the action level for lead sampling in schools. One part per billion is equivalent to roughly one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. If any sample indicates a presence of lead greater than 15 ppb, PYLUSD will immediately shut down the source, identify the cause, and make necessary repairs. In addition, if a school’s water tests greater than 15 ppb, applicable families will be immediately notified. If repairs become necessary during this process, bottled water will be provided to sites until all water quality issues are resolved.

For your reference, included below are FAQs and a timeline regarding the district’s water sampling process. Lastly, I want to sincerely thank you for your support as we work to always be the very best school district for our students and staff.

Respectfully,

Dr. Greg Plutko
Superintendent of Schools
 
Timeline

Golden State Water


Feb 14 – El Dorado High School; Brookhaven Elementary School
Feb 15 – Valencia High School; Kraemer Middle School
Feb 16 – George Key School and Venture Academy; Golden Elementary School
Feb 21 – Bernardo Yorba Middle School; Fairmont Elementary School
Feb 22 – Tuffree Middle School; Parkview School
Feb 23 – Morse Elementary School; Sierra Vista Elementary School
Feb 28 – Ruby Drive Elementary School; Tynes Elementary School
March 1 – El Camino Real High School; Glenknoll Elementary School
March 2 – Melrose Elementary School; Valadez Middle School Academy

Yorba Linda Water District

Feb 14 – Esperanza High School (West)
Feb 15 – Lakeview Elementary School
Feb 21 – Bryant Ranch School
Feb 22 – Yorba Linda High School
Feb 27 – La Entrada High School; Yorba Linda Middle School
Feb 28 – Linda Vista Elementary School
March 1 – Travis Ranch School
March 6 – Mabel Paine Elementary School
March 7 – Van Buren Elementary School
March 8 – Rose Drive Elementary School; Wagner Elementary School

Anaheim Public Utilities Water Services

Feb 23 – Esperanza High School (Main); Glenview Elementary School
March 2 – Rio Vista Elementary School; Woodsboro Elementary School

City of Fullerton Water Service

Feb 27 – Topaz Elementary School

 
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
 
Why is PYLUSD conducting water sampling at this time?
Although lead rarely occurs naturally in California’s drinking water, the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water (DDW) in collaboration with the California Department of Education (CDE) has taken the initiative to safeguard public schools. Effective January 1, 2018, Assembly Bill 746 requires community water systems to test lead levels by July 1, 2019, in drinking water at all California public K-12 school sites that were constructed before January 1, 2010.

When will water sampling take place in PYLUSD?
Water sampling is tentatively scheduled to begin Wednesday, February 14 and will be completed at all sites by mid-March 2018.

What PYLUSD sites will be sampled?
All school sites and facilities will be sampled.

Who will be conducting the sampling in PYLUSD?
PYLUSD staff members will accompany the district’s four separate water suppliers to school sites and facilities, and every effort will be made to conduct water sampling before the start of school on the specified dates. The district’s water suppliers include City of Anaheim Public Utilities, City of Fullerton Public Works Department, Golden State Water Company, and Yorba Linda Water District.

What is the action level for lead in drinking water at schools?
The Division of Drinking Water sampling protocol has established greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb) as the action level for lead sampling in schools. One part per billion is equivalent to roughly one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

When will PYLUSD families and employees be informed about testing results?
Families and employees at school sites with test results greater than 15 ppb will be notified immediately. Otherwise, the district’s water sampling results will be updated regularly online at www.pylusd/watersampling/.

What happens if a PYLUSD water sample lead level is greater than 15 ppb?
If any sample indicates a presence of lead greater than 15 ppb, PYLUSD will immediately shut down the appropriate water source, investigate the cause of lead, and make the necessary repairs. If repairs become necessary during this process, bottled water will be provided to school sites until all water quality issues are resolved.

What if I have a question regarding the water sampling process in PYLUSD?
Please submit comments or questions regarding the district’s water sampling process below in the Google Form titled, "Water Sampling in Placentia-Yorba Linda USD."  A district representative will get back to you via your preferred method of contact as quickly as possible.  
 
 
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