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Water Quality Information

June/July 2016

Samples being collected at all 64 District schools and facilities.


June 3, 2016

Drinking fountains at five Beaverton elementary schools to be shut off

The Beaverton School District has identified five elementary schools that have older water systems with pre-lead ban (1986) copper pipes and possible lead solder. As a precautionary measure, the District is taking the following steps immediately at Elmonica, Errol Hassell, Greenway, Hazeldale and Rock Creek elementary schools:

  1. Turning off all drinking fountains in hallways and classrooms. Put signage in classrooms that have combined faucet/drinking fountains.
  2.  Providing bottled water dispensers in every classroom, gyms, main office, staff room, cafeteria and health room.

The District does not have evidence or reason to believe there is lead in the drinking water at these schools. This decision is based on the age of the plumbing and component parts.

These schools will be tested using the same protocol to test all schools and support facilities for lead in the drinking water. All drinking fountains and faucets, including kitchen areas will be tested throughout the school system.


June 2, 2016

Beaverton School District to test all schools and facilities for lead in drinking water

The Beaverton School District will test all schools and facilities for lead in drinking water. All drinking fountains and faucets including kitchen areas will be tested.

The Beaverton School District takes the health and safety of our students, staff and community seriously. On May 13, a District Safety Committee authorized District-wide lead testing in light of the events happening in Flint, Michigan and other cities around the U.S.

The District intends to sign a contract for lead testing services by Friday, June 3. Collection of water samples is expected to be completed within a few weeks, with lab results returned a few weeks later.

Elevated levels of lead were found in two drinking fountains in Beaverton's Highland Park Middle School during the last two weeks of May. All drinking fountains in the building were immediately shut off and bottled water is being provided throughout the school including every classroom, gym, office, cafeteria, and health room.

District staff continue to methodically evaluate our plumbing infrastructure and maintenance and will take additional steps as warranted to provide a safe environment for students and staff.