Water Safety Update

The 2nd round of water testing results came back on 11/7/2017 from the following locations and all were reported as non-detect for lead. Feel free to contact Principal Toller chelsea.toller@ousd.org with any additional questions.
-Girls Downstairs Restroom Sink
-Boys Downstairs Restroom Sink
-Afterschool Program Portable Sink Next to Alarm Key pad
-Afterschool Program Portable Sink next to First Aid Station
-Classroom 5 Faucet (this is the same fixture found in all the faucets in the main building)
-Classroom 5 Drinking Fountain (this is the same fixture found in all the drinking fountains in the classrooms in the main building. 
-Room 1- This fixture was unique to Room 1 and was therefore tested.


District Officials from OUSD Communications Department and Risk Management held two Glenview parent meetings on 10/30/17 and 11/1/17 regarding recent concerns about lead levels in the Glenview water.  Information was shared about the status of the water and additional testing plans were put in place. 
Glenview @ Santa Fe Lead/Water FAQ from 10/30 and 11/1 Meetings
1. Why didn’t the District test Glenview @ Santa Fe sooner?
Testing for lead is a new practice in California schools. State Assembly Bill AB 746 per CA Health and Safety Code, Section 116227(a)(1) will require all California schools to begin testing water in January of 2018. Oakland Unified has begun testing schools proactively and in response to parent concerns. This testing began after concerns were raised about the water at McClymonds High School.


2. How do we know the lead was only in the fixture and not in the water system or all the pipes?
​In September, eight locations at Glenview were tested. 7 of them came up as either non-detect for lead or under the EPA standard. If the lead came from the pipes or water supply, every single test would have revealed elevated lead levels. The kitchen sink tested positive and was immediately shut off to use. It was noted that the kitchen sink is not used by students and is not used to prepare food. Last year it was used to rinse off food for the salad bar. The kitchen faucet was immediately replaced. The water was re-tested and came up non-detect. The sink was re-opened for use.

3. How were parents notified?
Parents were notified via letter and online on the parent email group (bigtent) on September 21, 2017 when the results of water testing became available. A subsequent article was published in the Chronicle in October and parents had additional questions and concerns. On 10/30/17 and 11/1/17, Rebecca Littlejohn, OUSD Risk Management Officer, John Sasaki, OUSD Director of Communications, and Sorbor Twegbe, OUSD Environmental Health & Safety Manager met with Glenview parents to answer questions and address concerns regarding recent reports of Lead in Glenview @ Santa Fe water.

4. Have the restroom faucets been checked?  
With or without lead concerns, bathroom sinks are not places where children should fill water bottles or drink water. The district does not generally test bathroom sinks because lead is dangerous when ingested, but does not enter the body through the skin. In response to the concern that children may have been drinking from the restroom sinks, OUSD Risk Management has agreed to test these restrooms and results will be shared with the community as soon as they are available.

5. How are students being communicated with?
School staff has reminded students not to drink or fill water bottles in restrooms.  Signs have been placed in the restrooms that children should drink only from drinking fountains or fill water bottles in classrooms.  The only area that has come up positive so far was never accessible to students. If any other area comes up positive for lead in the second round of testing, the water will be immediately shut down in that area and will not be used until it is fixed and retested with a test indicating that the water is safe.

6. What drinking sources have been tested?
September Testing
Room 19 (Yari), Portable 2 (Walton), Downstairs Drinking fountain, Cafeteria drinking fountain, Kitchen Sink, Room 5 (Fowlkes), Playground Drinking Fountain #1, Upstairs Drinking Fountain #1

October Testing
Sink in Portables (AT and Learning Spot areas), Main office sink, teachers’ lounge sink, Playground drinking fountain #2, Boys and Girls restroom sinks downstairs, upstairs drinking fountain #2, Room 18, Room 20, Room 1 (Witte) and Sink Faucet in Room 5 (Fowlkes).

7. Why doesn’t the District test every single room?
The District is following the protocol of East Bay MUD, which tests five different locations in a site such as ours, including highly used sources and multiple kinds of sources. The process operates on the idea that if a room has the same water fixture as another room, then the water results would be the same in both rooms. A survey was done of the school to identify the unique fixtures and all different kinds of fixtures are being tested. For example, the only classroom in the main building with a fixture different than Room 5 is Room 1, therefore Room 1 was tested separately in October. All the other classrooms are believed to have the same results as Room 5.

8. I would like my child’s room tested even if it has the same fixture as the classroom next door, why wouldn’t we test just in case?
The cost of testing every single faucet is prohibitive. The District is addressing lead concerns at all 86 schools in Oakland Unified and must replicate the testing process throughout the city. As noted above, East Bay MUD tests five sources at each school. When the second round of testing is complete, OUSD will have tested 19 sources at Glenview @ Santa Fe.

9. Does the time/amount of water going through a faucet impact the level of lead?
Yes. The lead accumulates in the fixture while the water sits from lack of use. Once the water is turned on and runs for a matter of seconds, the fixture is flushed out and the lead levels return to non-detect. As a result, all lead testing is done early in the morning before anyone has turned on the water, so the testing is accurate. In addition, families are encouraged to let their water at home run before drinking to reduce the possible exposure to lead at home.


9. Is this issue the same that faced residents in Michigan?
This is a very different situation from Flint, Michigan. There, the lead is in the water source itself, which means no matter how long you run the water or what fixture you use, the water will always be tainted. The lead in the water in Bay Area schools has only been found in fixtures and possibly the soldering. Here, if the lead was in all sources or in all pipes, then every test taken would come up elevated, no matter how long the water runs.


10. Is it possible that my child could be exposed to lead in my home or other places in the community as well?
People can be exposed to lead through water as well as through paint, soil and other sources. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures and solder. Homes built before 1978 may have lead in layers of paint which can chip off and can be ingested or inhaled. If you are concerned, you can have your pediatrician test your child for lead poisoning. East Bay MUD has rolled out a new lead test voucher program. At no cost to you, you may request a voucher for a certified lab to test your tap water by calling EBMUD at 1-866-403-2683 or email custsvc@ebmud.com.