APS has partnered with Aurora Water to proactively sample drinking water at all APS facilities to ensure Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines are met.
Because student and staff safety is our top priority, we are voluntarily sampling consumptive water sources at all of our sites. This is not a mandatory requirement and we do not currently have any evidence of elevated lead levels in our water. However, we are taking this extra safety precaution to ensure that our water is safe to drink when it comes out of our faucets. Lead isn’t present in the water that Aurora Water sends to APS buildings, but lead can get into water as it moves through lead-containing plumbing and fixtures.
Under EPA recommendations, action should be taken if lead levels are more than 20 parts per billion. We are using an even lower number of 15 parts per billion as our benchmark for action. We plan to replace fixtures, add water filters and/or start other plumbing projects if a lead level is above 15 parts per billion in any of our fixtures. The lead and copper regulation is currently under revision by the EPA. Once the revisions have been completed, APS drinking water sampling protocols will be evaluated to ensure the EPA recommendations are addressed.
Aurora Water is providing bottles for sample collection and is also conducting the laboratory analysis. On going sampling efforts will continue with a 3-5 year sampling schedule. Sites will be notified when sampling is scheduled.
Testing began Oct. 19, 2016. Bookmark this page to see updated results below: