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A Message Regarding Water Sampling in PYLUSD
February 9, 2018

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 are FAQs and a timeline regarding the district’s water sampling process, as well as a form to submit comments or questions about the 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