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Water Quality Information

Eugene School District is taking steps to ensure safe drinking water 

Eugene School District 4J has taken voluntary, proactive steps to ensure safe water supplies. The health and safety of students is a top priority.

Our commitment

The district will comprehensively test for lead in all water taps used for drinking water and food preparation in every school and building.

Where any elevated lead levels are found, the district will take steps to address the cause and provide a safe environment for students and staff. The district will:

  • Immediately stop the water from being consumed and ensure a source of safe drinking water is available.
  • Identify and eliminate the source of the lead.
  • Retest the water to ensure it is safe for students and staff.
  • Notify parents, students and staff of the results and actions taken.

Updated information will be posted on this page as it becomes available.

Testing process

The district has contracted with an independent professional environmental service, PBS Environmental + Engineering, to do comprehensive testing for lead in all water faucets for drinking and food preparation, following the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recommended protocols for sampling water in schools. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce lead at any water outlet that has a lead level above 20 parts per billion (ppb) using these sampling protocols.

Testing drinking water quality is a two-step process that starts with testing lead accumulation in dormant water that is sampled after sitting undisturbed in fixtures and pipes overnight. If the analysis shows an elevated level of lead in the dormant water sample from a fixture, a follow-up test is done on water sampled after flushing water through the line, to help determine where the source of lead is. The fixture is turned off or prevented from being used for drinking water until the source of the lead has been identified and eliminated.

Initial water samples were collected at all 4J schools and buildings in early summer 2016 and most of the initial test results were received before school resumed in September. However, many test results were delayed by the heavy demand on water testing labs caused by numerous school districts and other organizations testing their water this summer. At schools where test results were still pending at the start of the school year, water continued to be flushed through the fixtures every morning, and big-bottle water coolers were in place to provide a known source of drinking water until test results were received.

The comprehensive testing of all water taps has now been completed districtwide. The vast majority of taps showed normal levels. In taps where an elevated lead was found, the tap was turned off or otherwise prevented from being used for drinking water, fixtures were replaced, and the tap was retested. In most cases, retesting found that the source of elevated lead had been eliminated. In a minority of cases, further actions are necessary to eliminate the source of lead. That work is continuing over the course of the school year.

In no case will a tap with elevated lead levels be used for drinking water until the issue is resolved.

Comprehensive testing results

Updated information is being posted here as it becomes available. (Last updated July 11, 2017)

Building

Fixtures
Tested

Elevated Level in Dormant Water in Initial Testing

(first draw of water that sat overnight)

Elevated Level in Flushed Water in Initial Testing

(second draw after water ran)

Water Quality Status Update

(✓ = all faucets can be used: any fixtures that showed elevated levels of lead have been replaced and retested with normal levels)

Adams 75

1

  • Room 14: sink
NONE

Arts & Technology Academy 62

5

  • Room 9: sink (west tap)
  • Room 16: sink
  • Storage room between Rooms 16 and 18: sink
  • Room 21: sink
  • West wing hallway near Rooms 25 and 27: drinking fountain
NONE

Awbrey Park 85

3

  • Room 23: sink
  • Room 25: drinking fountain and sink
NONE

✓ 2 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: Room 25 drinking fountain

Bailey Hill 68 38

  • Room 1: sink, drinking fountain
  • Room 1/2: boys’ restroom sink
  • Room 2: sink
  • Room 3: southwest corner sink, southwest corner drinking fountain, girls’ restroom sink
  • Room 4: sink
  • Room 5: sink
  • Room 6: boys’ restroom sink
  • Room 8: sink, north restroom sink, south restroom sink
  • Room 9: drinking fountain, sink, south restroom sink
  • Room 10: sink, drinking fountain
  • Room 11: sink, drinking fountain, west restroom sink
  • Hallway outside Room 12: drinking fountain
  • Room 12: sink, drinking fountain, east restroom sink
  • Room 13: sink, drinking fountain
  • Room 14: sink, drinking fountain
  • Room 15: sink, drinking fountain
  • Room 16: sink
  • North hall men’s restroom: south wall sink
  • North hall women’s restroom: north sink, south sink
  • Kitchen storage: northeast corner sink
  • Health Center: sink, restroom sink

 

  • Room 1/2: boys’ restroom sink
  • Room 10: sink
  • Room 15: sink
  • North hall women’s restroom: south sink

✓ 25 confirmed complete

✓ 10 decommissioned

✓ 3 restroom sinks labeled as non-potable water:

  • Room 8: south restroom sink
  • Room 9: south restroom sink
  • North hall women’s restroom: south sink
Buena Vista 75 7

  • Room 10: sink and drinking fountain
  • Room 12: sink and drinking fountain
  • IMC room: sink
  • South wing corridor, east end: drinking fountain and boys’ restroom sink
NONE

Cal Young 121  NONE

Camas Ridge 71 4

  • Room 3: sink
  • Room 4: drinking fountain
  • Room 5: sink
  • Library: sink
NONE

Charlemagne (Parker site) 68 25

  • Room 3: sink
  • Staff Workroom 3A: sink
  • Room 4: sink
  • Room 5: sink and drinking fountain
  • Room 6: sink
  • Room 7: sink
  • Restrooms between Rooms 7 and 8: both sinks in girls’ restroom, both sinks in boys’ restroom, drinking fountain in vestibule
  • Room 8: sink
  • Room 9: both sinks
  • Room 11: sink
  • Room 13: sink
  • Room 14: drinking fountain
  • Room 15: sink
  • Room 16: sink
  • Room 17: sink
  • Room 18: sink and drinking fountain
  • Restrooms between Rooms 13 and 14: girls’ restroom sink
  • Staff restroom near office: sink
1

  • Staff workroom 3A: sink

✓ 23 confirmed complete

2 still in progress: 

  • Sink in staff workroom 3A
  • Drinking fountain in the vestibule of the restrooms in the north wing between Rooms 7 and 8

Churchill 181 22

  • Room B1: east sink
  • Room H19: east wall north island sink, demonstration table sink
  • Room K3: 7 sinks
  • Room K4: 7 sinks
  • Room K6: 1 sink
  • Room K7: 2 sinks
  • Student store: sink
  • Kitchen office restroom: sink
1

  • Room K3: south sink on east wall

✓ 20 confirmed complete

✓ 2 decommissioned

Chávez 92 NONE  –

Coburg 48 3

  • Room 5, 4th grade: sink
  • Kitchen: big sink and prep sink
NONE

Edgewood 63 6

  • Doug Fir Room D2: sink
  • Evergreen Room E3: sink
  • Health room: sink
  • Production room: sink
  • Mail/office supply room: sink
  • Instructional materials room: sink
NONE

Edison  53 1

  • Lower gym staff restroom: sink on east wall
NONE

Education Center 47 NONE

Facilities Dept. 18 NONE

Family School (Crest Drive site) 49 4

  • Production room (previously IMC): sink
  • Modular P1: sink
  • Modular P2: drinking fountain
  • Modular P2: sink
NONE

✓ 3 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: sink in production room (previously IMC) 

Fountain Villa Apartments (TEN program) 6 2

  • Apt. 44, upstairs bathroom sink and downstairs bathroom sink
NONE

Fox Hollow campus 44  NONE

Gilham  135 7

  • Room C112: sink
  • Room D2: sink
  • Kitchen: basin sprayer, east and west sinks by serving window
  • F-pod common area: sink
  • New construction: F-wing: sink in entry to common area
NONE*

(*Room D2 sink was replaced with new sink and drinking fountain fixture)

(*F-pod sink was demolished in renovation before flushed-water testing)

✓ 6 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: F-wing common area sink

Holt 112 NONE

Howard (old) 53 5

  • Room 11: sink
  • Room 14: sink
  • Room 15: sink
  • Room 18: sink
  • Instructional Materials Room: sink
NONE

building demolished

Howard (new) 136 NONE

Kelly  101 17

  • Room 3: sink – north wall
  • Room 6: sink – west wall left
  • Room 16: sink – right
  • Room 25: sink
  • Room 31 storage room: sink
  • Room 32: 2 sinks – single sink by door, left tap of double sink at back of room
  • Room 33: 2 sinks – sink on north wall, single sink at front of room
  • Room 34: sink – single sink at front of room
  • Boys’ restroom by room 34: sink –left
  • Boys’ locker room: 2 sinks – left and middle
  • Girls’ locker room: 2 sinks – middle right and staff restroom
  • Small gym office: sink
  • Office next to library: sink
2

  • Room 3: sink
  • Room 34: sink

✓ 16 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: Room 33 north wall sink

Kennedy 104 23

  • Room A1: 2 sinks
  • Room C1: sink
  • Room C2: NW corner sink
  • Room G2: 7 sinks
  • Room G3: 2 sinks
  • Room G4: 7 sinks
  • Health Room restroom: sink
  • F1 conference room: sink main faucet
  • F5 office: sink
3

  • Health Room: restroom sink
  • Room C2: NW corner sink
  • Room G4: teacher island sink

✓ 15 confirmed complete

8 still in progress: 

  • Room G2: sink in teacher’s island
  • Room G4: 5 sinks
  • F1 conference room: sink main faucet
  • F5 office: sink
Madison 136 NONE  –

McCornack 81 8

  • Computer lab: sink
  • Room 2: drinking fountain
  • Room 4: sink
  • Room 9: sink
  • Room 10: sink and drinking fountain
  • Room 15: sink
  • Men’s staff restroom in the Room 9–16 wing: sink
NONE

✓ 7 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: Room 15 sink

Monroe 80 9

  • Room A5: northeast, center west and demonstration table sinks
  • Room A6: demonstration table sink
  • Room A7: southeast sink
  • Room C5: sink
  • Kitchen: produce sink south tap
  • Room C5: stainless steel sink on west wall, north and south faucet
NONE

✓ 7 confirmed complete

✓ 1 decommissioned

1 still in progress: Room C5 stainless steel sink on west wall south faucet

North Eugene  188 48

  • Gym hallway across from kitchen window: Drinking fountain
  • Room behind office 101: sink
  • Girls’ restroom across from Room 106: sink
  • Room 109: sink – NW island
  • Men’s staff restroom near office: sink
  • Room 113: 10 sinks
  • Between Room 113 and biology lab: 2 sinks
  • Biology lab: 10 sinks
  • Room 119: sink
  • Room 120: sink
  • Boys’ restroom across from Room 122: sink
  • Room 206: 4 sinks
  • Hallway outside Room 206: drinking fountain
  • Room 306: 4 sinks
  • Math center (Room 115): back room sink
  • Kitchen: fixture on cooking appliance
  • Athletic training room: drinking fountain and sink
  • Girls’ locker room: drinking fountain
  • Girls’ dressing room by auditorium: sink
  • Band room: sink
  • Band/choir office: sink
  • Workroom above stage in auditorium: sink
3

  • Biology lab: west wall middle sink
  • Gym hallway across from kitchen window: drinking fountain
  • Workroom above stage in auditorium: sink

✓ 26 confirmed complete

✓ 3 decommissioned

19 still in progress: 

  • Room behind office 101: sink
  • Room 113: 5 sinks
  • Between Room 113 and biology lab: sink
  • Room between 113 and biology lab: sink
  • Biology lab: 5 sinks
  • Room 206: 2 sinks
  • Hallway outside Room 206: drinking fountain
  • Hallway across from kitchen window: drinking fountain
  • Workroom above stage in auditorium: sink
  • Band room: sink
*North Eugene: Swede Johnson Stadium (sampled separately) 10 NONE

Pathfinder 16 2

  • Cafeteria south wall: drinking fountain
  • Transition room: drinking fountain
NONE

River Road/El Camino del Río 81 5

  • Room 5: sink
  • Room 8: sink
  • Room 15: sink
  • Instructional Media Center (IMC): drinking fountain and sink
NONE

Roosevelt (old) 81 20

  • Room A1: 2 sinks – east counter north and east counter south
  • Room A2: sink – west counter north
  • Room A3: sink – east
  • Room A4: 4 sinks – west, east, southwest corner, demonstration table
  • Room B3 office: sink
  • Room B11: sink
  • Room B12: sink – west
  • Room B12: sink – east
  • Room D3 office: sink
  • Room D4 office: sink
  • Room D5 office: sink
  • Room D6 office: sink
  • Room D12: 2 sinks – south and north
  • Room E3: sink – back stage counter
  • D hall boys’ restroom: sink – east
2

  • Room A4: sink – southwest corner
  • Room E3: sink – back stage counter

building demolished

Roosevelt (new) 140

1

  • Home Ec: ice maker in new fridge (east unit). Cleared ice and resampled; no lead detected.

Sheldon 215 41

  • Room A4: sink
  • Room across from Room A4: sink
  • Room A5: sink
  • Room A6: sink
  • Hall outside B13/FLO: drinking fountain (retest was normal)
  • Room C1: north sink on west wall, south sink on east wall
  • Room C4: sink
  • Room C14: sink
  • Room C15: sink
  • Room D1: sink
  • Room F2: drinking fountain
  • Room F3: drinking fountain
  • Room F5: storage room sink
  • Room F6: front faucet of large double basin sink, storage room sink
  • Room S2: 7 sink fixtures
  • Room S4: 5 sink fixtures
  • Room S7: west sink fixture on south wall
  • Main office: drinking fountain
  • Health center main area: sink
  • Large gym: northwest drinking fountain
  • Hallway east of large gym: north drinking fountain
  • Concession stand by large gym: sink
  • Women’s restroom in office by girls’ locker room: sink
  • Men’s restroom in office/small locker room: sink
  • Learning center office restroom: west sink
  • Foreign language office: sink
  • Kitchen: pots and pans middle basin (rinse) sink, west wall dishwash area sink
  • Backstage of auditorium: sink
NONE

South Eugene 201 11

  • Room 205: south wall upper-left sink
  • Room 411: demonstration table, east wall and north wall sinks
  • Room 418L: north sink on east island, and southeast corner sink
  • Room 421: demonstration table sink
  • Athletic training room: utility slop sink and tub sink right tap
  • West all-access restroom in theater corridor: sink
  • Women’s restroom in upper level: southeast sink
NONE

✓ 10 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: utility slop sink in athletic training room

Spencer Butte 91 6

  • Room 1: sink
  • Instructional Media Center in Room 7: sink
  • Room 8: middle and right-side sinks on the south wall
  • Small room between Room 2 and Room 4: sprayer
  • Cafeteria student store: sink
NONE

 

Spring Creek 64 1

  • Room 12: sink
NONE

Transportation Dept. 14 NONE

Twin Oaks 54 2

  • Principal’s office: sink
  • Room 4 west restroom: sink
NONE

✓ 1 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: principal’s office sink

Willagillespie 95 2

  • Room 2: sink
  • Room 4: south restroom sink
NONE

Yujin Gakuen / Corridor 82 2

  • Breezeway: drinking fountain
  • Kitchen staff restroom: sink
NONE

✓ 1 confirmed complete

1 still in progress: breezeway drinking fountain

Background

What’s been done in the past

The district has spot tested water for lead in all schools and buildings in the past, including some sampling at every school around 1998. Past testing did not show widespread issues.

Water also is tested at the source. One 4J school, Twin Oaks, has its own well, and EWEB provides water to other schools. Water from both sources is tested regularly as required and found to be safe.

What we’ve found

This spring, district facilities staff did some spot testing of several locations where water samples were identified for concern and fixtures were replaced in 1998. This preliminary spot sampling found potentially elevated lead levels in a few individual fixtures at Sheldon High School, Kennedy Middle School, Roosevelt Middle School, and the district office.

The initially identified fixtures at Sheldon, Kennedy and the district office were replaced and retested. The water from these fixtures now tests within established levels. The sink at Roosevelt was taken out of commission until the building was demolished this summer.

District staff took additional water samples from several drinking fountains and kitchen sinks at the four sites and found additional fixtures with potentially elevated levels.

An independent professional environmental service has been contracted to conduct comprehensive water testing in all 4J schools and buildings in summer 2016. Since there was not time to test all water sources, take any needed corrective action, and retest at all four sites before school ended, the district decided to err on the side of caution and took the following extra precautions in the final days of the school year:

  • Providing bottled or filtered water to the four sites and turning off drinking fountains where an issue was identified.
  • Flushing out water sources at all schools in the district every morning before use, in accordance with EPA guidelines. The most likely suspected source of lead in district schools is fittings in older fixtures. Water that remains in pipes and fixtures overnight or for extended periods of time collects more of the materials surrounding it.

Where to learn more

Eugene School District 4J takes the health and safety of students and staff seriously. Lead in water and other sources is a concern because high lead levels can contribute to serious negative health effects, especially for pregnant women, infants, and young children under 6 years old. Lead in drinking water is rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning, but it can increase a person’s total lead exposure.

If you have any concerns about lead exposure, please see the resources below and/or contact your healthcare provider.

A few resources: 

• Environmental Protection Agency: Learn About Lead
Environmental Protection Agency: Protect Your Family from Exposures to Lead
• Centers for Disease Control: Information for Parents About Lead
• Oregon Health Authority: General Information for Parents About Lead