On January 16, 2017, Illinois Governor Rauner signed into law a requirement that Illinois public schools serving preschool through fifth grade students complete lead testing of water sources used for drinking or food preparation.
- The new law required that schools perform this testing by December 31, 2017.
- It also required that schools must notify parents if lead levels from any source of potable water in any sample exceeds 5.0 ppb, which is much stricter than that of the EPA (15.0 ppb).
- You may read the entirety of the law, Public Act 099-0922, on the State of Illinois website.
During the fall of 2017, Sycamore Community School District 427 worked with consultants at Aires Consulting, a division of Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc. to test drinking water throughout the District for student and staff safety and to comply with the new law.
- The language of the new law indicated that the District should also test all classroom, lounge, and nurse sinks in addition to drinking fountains and kitchen sinks.
- You’re invited to see the full school-by-school 2017 results on this webpage by choosing the school you would like to view.
- Within the Water Testing Results documents, not that ND means “none detected,” which indicates levels were below 2.0 ppb.
As a result of the findings, Sycamore Community School District is taking the following actions:
- Establishing a water management plan, including identification of lead-containing plumbing, scheduled flushing, possible fixture replacement and monitoring.