A school in Hoquiam found higher than wanted lead levels in the water.
Hoquiam School District Superintendent Mike Parker tells KXRO that a voluntary water test for lead was conducted in all Hoquiam School District Schools on May 17 and the results came back to the district on May 25, showing inconsequential traces of lead in all buildings except for Lincoln Elementary.
The School District says water samples were taken from five locations within Lincoln. Four of the five locations showed an elevated amount of lead in the water.
Upon the advice of the Department of Health, additional tests were conducted at Lincoln on Friday, May 27 and the samples were sent to the lab that same day.
They do not yet know the status of the additional tests and as a pre-caution, the district has provided bottled water to the staff and students at the school.
Parker says the levels, while higher than wanted, were not dangerous.
He says the lead did not show up in all of the building but only in one wing and that tells them that it could be a bad unit or bad faucets.
The district says that kitchen staff was also provided with bottled water to use in their meal preparations and bottled water is available to all students upon request.
A letter was sent home to parents outlining the test on Tuesday, May 31.
Schools that receive water from a public water system, such as the Hoquiam School District, are not required by state or federal regulations to conduct testing for lead in their drinking water according to the Department of Health.
The initial test results and the May 31 parent letter are available in the Hoquiam School District office and online at http://hoquiam.schoolwires.net/Page/2173 and http://hoquiam.schoolwires.net/Page/2174