PLAINFIELD – Plainfield School District 202 will test the water in all its schools and district facilities in early May to comply with a new state law enacted in response to the significant problems with water in Flint, Michigan, according to a district news release.
The new law, which took effect in January, requires water sampling to be done by Dec. 31, 2017, in schools serving preschool through fifth-grade students built before Jan. 1, 1987.
The new law also requires testing to be done by Dec. 31, 2018, in schools serving children in preschool through fifth grade built between Jan. 2, 1987, and Jan. 1, 2000.
The law does not address schools built after 2000.
District 202 will test the water in all of its facilities, although there are no concerns about the quality or safety of district water, the news release stated.
Testing will be done May 2 to May 9. Environmental Services Inc. of La Grange will test the water at about 1,900 drinking fountains and commercial sinks in District 202’s 30 schools, the district administrative center, the operations and maintenance facility, and the technology building.
The testing will be done about 6 a.m. Results will be publicly reported by the end of May and posted on the district website in early June.
The new law also requires local school districts to pay for the testing. Testing will cost about $65,000. The law does not provide state funding for the tests, but allows school districts to use budgeted health and life safety or operations and maintenance funds to pay for the sampling.
WATER TESTING SCHEDULE
ELEMENTARY: Thomas Jefferson, Charles Reed, Ridge, Wesmere, Meadow View
MIDDLE: Aux Sable, Drauden Point
ELEMENTARY: River View, Central, Grand Prairie, Crystal Lawns
MIDDLE: Timber Ridge
DISTRICT: Administrative Center, Technology, Timber Ridge, Operations and Maintenance
ELEMENTARY: Lincoln, Lakewood Falls, Creekside
MIDDLE: Ira Jones, Indian Trail
HIGH: North, Academy
ELEMENTARY: Liberty, Eagle Pointe, Eichelberger, Walker’s Grove, Bonnie McBeth Learning Center
MIDDLE: Heritage Grove, John F. Kennedy