Initial Water Testing Report for Sapphire Elementary

on March 25, 2021

Sapphire Elementary School letterhead

March 23, 2021

Dear Sapphire parents and guardians,

In 2016, a law went into effect requiring testing of all school sources of water that are “currently used or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes.”

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results – along with remediation plans, if required – on the official district website.
The school district has received results of recent testing conducted on a sampling of kitchen, bathroom and classroom sinks at Sapphire Elementary School. Of the 32 sources tested on February 23, 2021, 17 were found to exceed the action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb),” as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA, lead enters drinking water primarily from eroding materials that contain lead such as faucets, fittings and pipes.

We believe the higher than normal levels are due to the school being vacant for consecutive months during the height of the pandemic, and then less populated for prolonged periods as hybrid learning resumed. The district will flush the systems and then have the levels retested in the next few weeks. Attached is a list of sources that exceeded the action level.

All affected sources of water at these areas have been posted with “Do Not Drink” signs. In addition, the district has provided water coolers to ensure there is sufficient drinking water available for all students and staff.

Additional information about water testing can be found on the Water Testing page of our district website. As always, we are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students and staff and will keep you apprised after retesting is conducted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 460-6500.


Caitlin T. Caldwell


Sapphire Elementary School – Water Testing – February 23, 2021

Table of Sapphire Elementary Water Testing
Room Source Result Action
Room 111 teacher’s kitchen sink 168 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 111A bathroom sink 24.2 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 115 bathroom sink  138 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 104 bathroom sink 36.9 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 102 bathroom sink 15.9 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 101 bathroom sink 70.5 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 100E girls’ bathroom sink 25.4 ug/L Posted “do not drink”<
Room 100B boys’ bathroom sink 19.1 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 204 classroom sink 24.4 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 213B girls’ bathroom sink #1 18.2 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 213B  girls’ bathroom sink #2 18.4 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 203 classroom sink 81 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 205 bathroom sink  15.1 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 122 classroom sink #2 22 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 207 classroom sink  25.6 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 122 classroom sink #2 54.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Room 109  Nurse’s office bathroom sink 15.2 ug/L Posted “do not drink”

Sapphire Elementary School Detailed Water Testing Report – 2-23-21