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Lead in Water Testing

Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is committed to maintaining a safe learning environment for our students. This commitment includes ensuring drinking water is safe and meets the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards.

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 systemwide lead testing program of the drinking water from plumbing fixtures.

During this period –

  • MCPS completed more than 35,000 tests on approximately 27,000 plumbing fixtures.
  • Nearly 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.

MCPS continues to take proactive steps to ensure safe drinking water in our schools. Following EPA guidelines, flushing protocols and other recommended practices are incorporated into routine operation procedures at all schools and facilities. Additionally, for all major capital projects including additions, revitalization/expansions, and new schools, lead-free materials and components of plumbing systems and fixtures are specified to meet NSF/ANSI standards and provisions of the US Safe Drinking Water Act. 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).

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For questions or comments, please contact:

Brian Mullikin
Environmental Team Leader
Office: 240-740-2324

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