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All Plainfield School District 202 water sources pass lead tests

PLAINFIELD – All 3,750 Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 water sources comply with the new State of Illinois standard for lead in water, according to a district news release.

These final tests came after two previous rounds of testing. The first results were released in August, which found six drinking fountains and 59 sinks in 15 different district schools noncompliant with the state standard.

District 202 said at the time that lead removal filters would be installed at each of the noncompliant water sources and would be retested before the first day of school Aug. 17.

The second round of testing still found 31 sinks to have too much lead, and at that point the district said it would shut down those sources until they met the standard.

The new law requires all public school districts to test water sources by the end of the year in schools serving preschool through fifth grade in buildings built before Jan. 1, 1987. District 202 decided to test all water sources in all district buildings, even those that weren’t schools.

The state law does not address schools built after 2000 or schools serving students in grades six through 12. The General Assembly can change the law until June 30, 2019, according to the release.

The new state law passed last January put in a lower standard of five parts per billion, as opposed to the federal law standard of 15 parts per billion.

The final reports and other information is available at the district website.