Dear Austin ISD Families,
The health and safety of all our students is Austin ISD’s top priority. With that in mind, we want to share with you the results of testing done on our drinking water.
The city of Austin is the source of AISD’s drinking water supply. While schools are not required to do additional testing of the water, AISD voluntarily tested for lead in drinking water at the same standard that the city is held to for supplying our city’s drinking water.
The Lower Colorado River Authority’s nationally certified lab tested AISD’s water. Based on AISD’s readings of those tests, all of the district’s 130 schools’ results were below levels that would require the EPA to take action. This is based on EPA standards for municipalities that say that action is indicated if 10 percent of tap water samples exceed the level of 15 parts per billion.
Last year, Zavala Elementary School had shown a level of lead in the water at a level above the action level of 15 parts per billion.
The district immediately replaced the water fountain at that campus and retested the school’s water, which then tested safe. No other schools have tested above the EPA’s level of water lead concentration standard.
The American Academy of Pediatrics also has a water lead concentration standard for schools to “ensure water fountains in schools do not exceed water lead concentrations of more than 1 part per billion.” Nine AISD facilities did have water lead concentrations of more than 1 part per billion. The level determined by APP is above and beyond the standard for the rest of the city’s drinking water. In comparison, the standard for bottled water is 5 parts per billion, which exceeds the AAP standard.
As recommended by the AAP, the district will look at installing filters specifically designed for reducing lead at the nine facilities while we continue to review approaches to address this issue. If you have any questions or need additional information, please visit our website at: https://www.austinisd.org/announcements/more-information-water-testing-results-facility-faqs. .