Water Testing

Water Testing 2018-03-13T13:17:59+00:00

Salem-Keizer Public Schools tested water for contaminants at all schools during the Summer of 2016. Please see the copper and lead test results for each school listed below, as well as other resources related to this issue. This page will be updated as new information becomes available.

Water Testing Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to fix things? 2017-07-18T10:20:39+00:00

Our goal is to replace and test new fixtures as soon as possible.

Were hose bibs located outdoors and used for things like watering school gardens, for sports teams and concession stands, tested? 2017-07-18T10:19:37+00:00

No. The district did not test any outdoor hose bibs, nor did we test any school garden soil or produce. However, we are considering whether to test outdoor hose bibs that could be regularly used for irrigating vegetable gardens or drinking. In the meantime, we are encouraged by this memo from the Oregon Health Authority, which says that garden vegetables are not a significant source of lead, even when grown in contaminated soils.

Based on this advice, Portland Public Schools has decided to allow continued consumption of their school garden produce. We have not restricted the consumption of vegetables grown in our school gardens.
http://public.health.oregon.gov/HealthyEnvironments/HealthyNeighborhoods/HealthyGardening/Documents/oha-gardening-technical-memo.pdf

How will the things get fixed? 2017-07-18T10:14:49+00:00

Fixtures that tested high for lead or copper are immediately turned off and clearly labeled and have bags placed over them. After new fixtures are installed, the new fixtures will be tested to ensure they meet drinking water standards.

Were all fixtures tested? 2017-07-18T10:13:36+00:00

No. Following EPA guidelines, we only tested fixtures that are regular sources of water for drinking and cooking. So this would exclude bathroom fixtures, science class lab sinks, exterior hose bibs and other outlets not designed for obtaining water for human consumption.

Is my child’s school going to close? 2017-07-18T10:12:59+00:00

No schools will be closed due to the repair of water fixtures. Fixtures at schools that test high for lead or copper are immediately taken out of service and repairs proceed while schools are in session.

What are “C” and “D” samples? 2017-07-18T10:12:15+00:00

C & D samples were collected after remediation (usually fixture replacement) work has been done at sample sites that were above the SKPS action levels in the initial A samples. We are only having the C sample analyzed initially and will only have the D sample analyzed if necessary based on the A, B and C results.

What is the significance of the “B” sample results? 2017-07-18T10:11:31+00:00

All fixtures with “A” sample results above the action level will remain out of service until replaced, regardless of the “B” sample results. The “B” sample simply helps determine the source of the metal in the water (fixture vs. supply pipe) to help with planning our repairs.

What are the “A” and “B” test samples of drinking fountain and sink water in schools? 2017-07-18T10:08:30+00:00

In reports on water testing at schools located in the right column “A” and “B” samples are listed. The “A” sample is the first water sample drawn, which includes water that has been sitting in the fixture. The “B” sample is drawn next and includes water that has been sitting in the pipe leading to the fixture. We analyze the “A” samples for all fixtures; but only analyze the “B” sample on fixtures where the “A” sample results were over the action level. See the reports for your school on the district website at the link above for details on action levels.

The water from some fixtures in my child’s school tested high for lead or copper. Should my child go to the doctor? 2017-07-18T10:07:14+00:00

School district officials have consulted with local health authorities regarding student safety concerns related to drinking water in our schools. The Marion County Health Department recommends that parents with concerns about their children’s health contact their healthcare provider.

Elementary Schools Water & Copper Test Results

Auburn

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Copper

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Lead

Battle Creek

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Copper

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Lead

Brush College

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Copper

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Lead

Bush

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Copper

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Lead

Candalaria

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Copper

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Lead

Chapman Hill

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Copper

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Lead

Chávez

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Copper

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Lead

Clear Lake

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Copper

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Lead

Cummings

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Copper

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Lead

Englewood

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Copper

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Lead

Eyre

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Copper

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Lead

Forest Ridge

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Copper

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Lead

Four Corners

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Copper

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Lead

Grant

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Copper

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Lead

Gubser

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Copper

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Lead

Hallman

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Copper

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Lead

Hammond

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Copper

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Lead

Harritt

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Copper

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Lead

Hayesville

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Copper

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Lead

Highland

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Copper

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Lead

Hoover

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Copper

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Lead

Kalapuya

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Copper

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Lead

Keizer

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Copper

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Lead

Kennedy

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Copper

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Lead

Lamb

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Copper

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Lead

Lee

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Copper

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Lead

Liberty

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Copper

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Lead

McKinley

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Copper

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Lead

Miller

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Copper

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Lead

Morningside

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Copper

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Lead

Myers

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Copper

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Lead

Pringle

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Copper

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Lead

Richmond

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Copper

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Lead

Salem Heights

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Copper

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Lead

Schirle

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Copper

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Lead

Scott

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Copper

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Lead

Sumpter

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Copper

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Lead

Swegle

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Copper

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Lead

Washington

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Copper

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Lead

Weddle

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Copper

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Lead

Wright

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Copper

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Lead

Yoshikai

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Copper

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Lead

Middle Schools Water & Copper Test Results

Claggett Creek

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Copper

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Lead

Crossler

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Copper

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Lead

Houck

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Copper

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Lead

Judson

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Copper

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Lead

Leslie

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Copper

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Lead

Parrish

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Copper

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Lead

Stephens

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Copper

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Lead

Straub

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Copper

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Lead

Waldo

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Copper

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Lead

Walker

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Copper

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Lead

Whiteaker

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Copper

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Lead

High Schools Water & Copper Test Results

ECHS

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Lead

McKay

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Copper

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Lead

McNary

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Copper

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Lead

North Salem

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Copper

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Lead

Roberts

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Copper

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Lead

South Salem

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Copper

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Lead

Sprague

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Copper

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Lead

West Salem

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Copper

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Lead

Download Attachments

File Description Date added File size
pdf Marion County Health Alert Marion County Health Alert Summer 2016
July 18, 2017 10:34 am 271 KB
pdf Water Sampling Protocols Water Sampling Protocols
July 18, 2017 10:34 am 582 KB