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District Lead Testing Results

The Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and Tennessee Department of Health (TDOH) regulations require that all public schools and local education authorities test lead levels in drinking water sources in all schools that were built prior to 1998. The testing was completed by a licensed environmentalist. Samples were collected from drinking water sources in all schools over Christmas break and sent to a certified lab for testing. 

If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 20 ppb, the TDOE and TDOH require that the school take action to reduce the exposure to lead. If lead levels in a sample are greater than 15 ppb but less than 20 ppb, annual retesting is required until level drops below 15 ppb. Also per law, if lead levels in a sample are greater than 20 ppb, the drinking source must be immediately taken out of service. The source must remain out of service until retesting confirms that the level of lead is less than 20 ppb. Any test result over 20 ppb must be reported to parents/guardians of students at the school. 

Although not required by law, Bristol Tennessee City Schools committed to follow a stricter standard by removing from service any source with lead levels in excess of 15 ppb. Outlets that tested below 15 ppb remain in service with no restrictions. All samples exceeding 15 ppb were taken from sinks. All water bottle filling stations and water fountains tested below 15 ppb.

Of the 134 samples taken from schools, seven sources tested over the 20 ppb legally required action level and four tested above the 15 ppb, which is the stricter standard to which the school district decided to adhere.

School

Number of sources testing more than 20 ppb

Number of sources testing between 15 ppb & 20 ppb

Anderson Elementary

2

4

Avoca Elementary

0

0

Fairmount Elementary

0

0

Haynesfield Elementary

3

1

Holston View Elementary

2

0

Vance Middle

0

0

Tennessee High

0

0

 

Additional Resources

For basic information about lead in drinking water, you may visit https://www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water. All health-related questions regarding your child should be directed to your primary care physician or the Sullivan County Health Department at (423) 279-2777.

For more information regarding the testing program or sampling results, contact Maintenance and Facilities Supervisor Ed Depew at (423) 652-9447.

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