Drinking Water Quality Program

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. This commitment includes ensuring drinking water is safe through implementing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance for drinking water in schools.

Best Practice Drinking Water Measures - MCPS implements proactive steps to ensure safe drinking water in our schools. Following EPA guidelines, flushing protocols and other recommended practices are incorporated into routine operations at all schools and facilities. Additionally, “lead-free” materials and components of plumbing systems and fixtures, meeting NSF/ANSI standards and provisions of the US Safe Drinking Water Act, are installed in all new construction projects. Upon completion of these projects, tests are conducted to ensure safe drinking water.

MCPS regularly monitors the results of water quality testing done by our three water providers (WSSC, City of Rockville and Town of Poolesville).

System-wide testing and remediation - From 2004 to 2007, MCPS, in collaboration with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), and the Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), conducted a system-wide lead testing and remediation program of the drinking water from plumbing fixtures. This program included:

 •   35,000 tests on approximately 27,000 plumbing fixtures

 •   Close to 1,500 plumbing fixtures were replaced

 •   Every drinking water fixture found to have water lead content above the EPA action level was remediated, retested and verified to meet water safety standards

Periodic testing of drinking water outlets  

See the Drinking Water Test Reports web page for more information on the periodic testing of all drinking water outlets.


For questions or comments, please contact:

Brian Mullikin
Environmental Team Leader
Office: 240-740-2324
Email: Brian_A_Mullikin@mcpsmd.org