Water Testing

Water Testing in Battle Ground Public Schools

Battle Ground Public Schools has completed testing of more than 2,000 sources of drinking water following federal guidelines for testing water sources in schools. 

In a voluntary effort to eliminate unacceptable levels of lead from school water sources, Battle Ground Public Schools tested for lead at every water source in its schools where a person could get a drink or fill a water bottle. To be thorough, the district tested more than 2,000 sources and replaced fixtures at water sources that tested high for lead.

"Testing all fixtures was the right thing to do to provide safe facilities to our staff, students, and community," said Mark Hottowe, Battle Ground's superintendent. "We have taken measures to address the results as swiftly and efficiently as possible, and in the end we will know that all our sources of drinking water are acceptable according to state and federal guidelines."

As the district received results, it took immediate action to prohibit drinking from sources that tested above the recommended limit for lead. The district replaced fixtures at water sources that tested higher than the federally recommended limit of 15 parts per billion with lead-free (see definition of lead-free in the FAQ below) fixtures.

Battle Ground Public Schools will continue ongoing testing as part of its maintenance plan and commitment to providing a safe environment for students and employees.

The list below indicates the status of water testing in Battle Ground Public Schools facilities. Complete means that all affected fixtures at the site have been replaced and retested and are cleared to use as sources of drinking water.

 School Name  Test Results (Parts Per Billion)  Action Taken
 Amboy Middle School  2 fountains, 15 faucets (16.6-85.7) *1  Complete
 Battle Ground High School   5 fountains, 132 faucets (15.0-83.3) *2  Complete
 CAM Academy  1 faucet (18.9)   Complete
 Captain Strong Primary School  2 fountains, 9 faucets (15.0-45.1)   Complete
 Chief Umtuch Middle School  27 faucets (15.5-54.9)  Complete
 Daybreak campus  1 fountain, 27 faucets (15.2-70.5) *3  Complete
 Glenwood Heights Primary  1 fountain, 4 faucets (15.0-29.2)  Complete
 Laurin Middle School  1 fountain, 9 faucets (15.0-96.4)
 Maple Grove K-8 School  1 fountain, 46 faucets (15.6-69.1)
 Pleasant Valley campus  22 fountains, 43 faucets (15.0-73.3) 4*
 Prairie High School  29 faucets (15.0-70.1)
 River HomeLink  3 fountains, 24 faucets (15.3-45.8)
 Tukes Valley campus  1 fountain, 11 faucets (16.4-97.9)
 Yacolt Primary School  6 faucets (15.0-33.3)
 CASEE Center  5 faucets (15.0-75.4)  Complete
 Lewisville administrative facilities  4 fountains, 24 faucets (16.2-76.5) *5  A, C buildings complete
 B building in progress

*1 One faucet tested 155 Parts Per Billion

*2 Three faucets tested at 107, 107 and 119 Parts Per Billion
*3 One faucet tested 281 Parts Per Billion
*4 Two faucets tested at 283 and 303 Parts Per Billion

*5 One faucet tested 107 Parts Per Billion


Why do newer schools built in 2007-2008, such as Chief Umtuch and Amboy, have water sources that tested higher than the recommended level for lead?

According to the Washington Department of Health website, Congress passed the Safe Drinking Water Act in 1986 to reduce the amount of lead in fixtures, fittings, and solder, but still allowed the use of fittings and fixtures that contain 8 percent or less lead, and solder containing 0.2 percent or less lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass faucets and fixtures with lead solder, from which significant amounts of lead can enter into the water, especially hot water.

Changes to the Act further reduced the maximum allowable lead content of fittings and fixtures to 0.25 percent, effective January 2014. 

What does “lead-free” really mean?

The 1986 lead ban defined lead-free as pipes, fittings, and fixtures that contain 8 percent or less lead, and solder containing 0.2 percent or less lead. Effective January 2014, the lead-free definition was changed. Now lead-free components must have a weighted average of less than 0.25 percent lead for surfaces in contact with potable water. (Source: Washington Department of Health)

Can I wash in water that has lead in it?

Yes. According to the EPA, bathing and showering should be safe for you and your children, even if the water contains lead over EPA’s action level. Human skin does not absorb lead in water.

Where can I get more information about lead in drinking water?

Check out the Lead in Drinking Water web page on the Washington Department of Health website, or the Department of Health's Lead in School Drinking Water FAQ.