Voluntary Water Testing Program Description


In May of 2016, Governor Jay Inslee issued a directive to the State Department of Health and partner agencies to assist local governments, including schools, with water testing for the purpose of reducing lead exposure in Washington state.  


Since that directive was issued, the Ferndale School District has voluntarily participated in water testing at all buildings currently hosting students. To read more about the Governor's directive, please visit here: https://www.governor.wa.gov/news-media/inslee-issues-directive-aimed-reducing-lead-exposure  


2018 Testing Results: 


On February 7th, 2018, water samples were collected from 38 drinking water fixtures at Central Elementary School and tested for lead.  


One fixture had lead in amounts above the Environmental Protection Agency Action level of 20 parts per billion (ppb). This means that children should not drink from these fixtures. The Ferndale School District replaced all fixtures at the (one) site testing at this level.


Eight fixtures had levels in amounts above 10 ppb (range 10-18).  This range is considered a "detectable" but not "actionable." The Ferndale School District voluntarily replaced all fixtures at sites testing in this range. 


Actions taken by Ferndale School District in response to 2018 testing results: 


The Ferndale School District received the notice regarding testing results on Saturday, February 24th. Maintenance staff drafted a plan for remediation starting Monday, February 26th. Work was completed in full by Wednesday, February 28th.  


Central Elementary Letter from Department of Health

Frequently Asked Questions about the Voluntary Water Testing Program

Letter to Central Elementary Families - March 2018