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Testing for Lead in Water

Annual Testing
Each year CPS works with the Cambridge Water Department to test for lead in drinking water in all of our schools. For the past seven years, this testing has yielded no results exceeding the "action level" set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- 15 parts per billion (15 micrograms per liter or .015 milligrams per liter).  
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Below are the most recent updates on CPS's unprecedented efforts to comprehensively test every tap and faucet in our schools.
Key

  School Latest Update
Replacement in Process  Amigos 3 of 39  taps exceeded EPA limit. Replacement/Re-Testing in process.
Awaiting Test Results Baldwin Replacement complete, awaiting test results.
Resolved
Cambridgeport 5 out of 48 faucets replaced. EPA standards met.    Summary >>
Awaiting Test Results
Fletcher Maynard Replacement complete, awaiting test results.
Awaiting Test Results
Graham and Parks Replacement complete, awaiting test results.
Resolved
Haggerty All taps met EPA standards.
Awaiting Test Results
Kennedy-Longfellow/CSUS 18 of 71  taps exceeded EPA limit. Replacement complete, awaiting test results.
Awaiting Test Results
King Open/HSEP (359 Broadway) 10 of 57  taps exceeded EPA limit. Replacement complete, awaiting test results.
Replacement in Process
Morse 1 of 29  taps exceeded EPA limit. Replacement/Re-Testing in process.
Resolved
Peabody/RAUS All taps met EPA standards.
Replacement in Process
Tobin/VLUS 10 of 108  taps exceeded EPA limit. Replacement/Re-Testing in process.




 

Background
CPS is in the midst of an unprecedented hardware replacement process to eliminate any drinking water taps that exceeded EPA guidelines for the presence of lead in drinking water. The overall quality of water in our schools is excellent, however this is the first time that we have committed to testing 100% of faucets and taps through a comprehensive process.

At the end of School year 2015-16, CPS tested all faucets/taps with the exception of those located at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School or the new Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. / Putnam Avenue Upper School building. All taps that tested above the "action level" set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) -- 15 parts per billion (15 micrograms per liter or .015 milligrams per liter) -- were taken out of service. Taps will be re-tested before being brought back into service.

Those interested in viewing more details on this project can click on Replacement Status report under the Highlights at left. 

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Tap Replacement Status

Latest Results

Ten Years of Annual Testing Results
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