West Liberty-Salem Local School District

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Non-Transient Consumer Notice of Tap Water Lead Result

Dear Consumer:

West Liberty-Salem is a public water system (PWS) responsible for providing drinking water that meets state and federal standards. Ten (10) water sample for lead was collected at this location and the result is:

Amount of Lead in Water: Action Level for Lead

90% (9 of 10) of samples were 8.8 μg/L or undetectable for lead.
 
Sample locations:  4-5 Wing, Room 233; 8.8 μg/L
                              Maintenance Room sink; < 5μg/L
                              HS room 417,Kitchen; < 5 μg/L
                              Drinking Fountain Pre K-1; < 5 μg/L
                              Elementary Dining Area; < 5 μg/L
                              Central Office Lounge; < 5 μg/L
                              HS Drinking Fountaine West; < 5 μg/L
                              Teachers Work Room 6-7; 5.5 μg/L
                              Drinking Fountain South; < 5 μg/L
 

One (1 of 10) sample collection location was at 16.4 ug/L

Location of sample:  Science room 429, lab sink at Teacher’s work station.  Not used as a source of drinking water.

Sample collection date: 06/01/2017
 
This Tap Water Lead Result Was Greater Than 15 μg/L.
 
What Is Being Done?

Our 90th percentile value for lead is 8.8 ug/L . This value does not exceed the action level, therefore, there are no actions required at this time other than sharing this consumer notice.

  • -  Nine (9) out of ten (10) sample collections were less than the action level for lead this includes locations where water is used for consumption;; ie: drinking fountains

  • -  One (1) out of ten (10) sample collections was greater than the action level for lead. Result = 16.4 ug/L

o West Liberty-Salem will independently take action to collect additional certified water samples from this source location to determine if further action will need to be taken.

o The sample collection was from a sink that was installed in 2016.

o The sample collection was taken from a lab sink, which is NOT a source of drinking water.

 

What Does This Mean?

Under the authority of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) set the action level for lead in drinking water at 15 μg/L. This means PWSs must ensure that water from taps used for human consumption do not exceed this level in at least 90 percent of the sites sampled (90th percentile value). The action level is the concentration of a contaminant which, if exceeded, triggers treatment or other requirements which a PWS must follow. Because lead may pose serious health risks, the EPA set a Maximum Contaminant Level Goal (MCLG) of zero for lead. The MCLG is the level of a contaminant in drinking water below which there is no known or expected risk to health. MCLGs allow for a margin of safety.

What are the Health Effects of Lead?

Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters your body from drinking water or other sources. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. The greatest risk of lead exposure is to infants, young children, and pregnant women. Scientists have linked the effects of lead on the brain with lowered IQ in children. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults. Lead is stored in the bones, and it can be released later in life. During pregnancy, the child receives lead from the mother’s bones, which may affect brain development.

Where Can I Get Health Screenings and Testing of Blood Lead Levels?

Health Screenings are available through the Champaign County Health Department, 1512 US-68 Q-100, Urbana, OH 43078. They can be contacted at 937-484-1605 and via website www.champaignhd.com.

What Can I Do to Reduce Exposure to Lead if Found in My Drinking Water?

 

Run your water to flush out lead. If water has not been used for several hours, run water for thirty seconds to two minutes before using it for drinking or cooking. This helps flush any lead in the water that may have leached from the plumbing.
Use cold water for cooking and preparing baby formula. Do not cook with, drink water, or make baby formula from the hot water tap. Lead dissolves more easily in hot water.

 

Do not boil water to remove lead. Boiling water will not reduce lead.

What are the Sources of Lead?

Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the plumbing. Buildings built prior to 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes, fixtures, and solder. New buildings can also be at risk, since even legally ‘lead-free’ plumbing may contain up to 8 percent lead. The most common problem is with brass or chrome-plated brass fixtures which can leach significant amounts of lead into water, especially hot water.

For More Information, Please Contact: Kraig Hissong, Superintendent of West Liberty- Salem Local Schools, at 7208 Hwy 68 N., West Liberty OH 43357 or 937-465-1075 or Khissong@wlstigers.org;; visit US EPA’s Web site at www.epa.gov/lead;; call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD;; or contact your health care provider.

Revised 9/1/2016 

Logan Cole Recognition, Friday, February 17, 2017


Click here to watch a WL-S Support Video
(Many pictures were received after the video was created so if yours is not included, we apologize, but want you to know we appreciate your support and prayers)


Safety and Security Improvements

Our students and staff are to be commended for their response and implementation of our active shooter emergency procedures on January 20th, utilizing what we have learned through ALICE training.  As we continue to reflect on the events linked to the school shooting, it is a District priority to correct or improve issues related to the safety and security of students and staff associated with this type of incident.  To date, the district has begun the process of identifying these issues.  I would like to share with you some of the progress we have made in the last couple of weeks.

1.     A major safety concern was the difficulty to evacuate through our current classroom windows.  These windows and their screens had to be broken in order for students and staff to gain access to the outside.  Although this was achieved in most classrooms, the difficulty to do so cost precious time and delayed a quick exit.  To solve this, the district has proposed retrofitting existing windows will a piano style hinge that will allow the window to open fully.  All hardware and screens have been removed from the window, so the quick motion of lifting one lever will unlock the window and allow it to open to its full capacity.   The District is recommending that we place one emergency egress window in each classroom and office space where there is no direct outside door.
 
2.    As part of the building project, all classroom doors are to receive thumb-turn locks on the inside of the door to make it easier for the door to be secured from inside the classroom without the door key in case of an emergency.  At the conclusion of the project, all doors were to receive this type of lock.  In the meantime, we have accelerated the installation of thumb-turn locks in classrooms.  It is recommended by the District to replace these thumb-turn locks that require a full rotation to set, with a quarter turn lock including indicator, to ensure that the lock has been engaged.  The thumb-turn locks should be completed in all classrooms by next week.  The final quarter turn locks with indicators will be ordered and installed following board approval.
 
3.     Samples of pull down window shades for standard classroom door windows have been ordered to replace the laminated paper that we use to cover windows now.  This will provide a faster way to conceal people in the room from someone in the hallway.  The shade will be able to be placed in the up or down position as necessary.  These will be installed after a final choice has been made.
 
4.     As part of the building project, ballistic resistant, security film was included to be applied to all glass windows and doors at the main entrance of the building to prevent a window from being easily broken by an intruder to gain access to the building.  The District will now expand the use of this product to all exterior and interior doors and interior windows where the security film can be applied as an added measure of security.

 5.    To improve our Active Shooter procedures, the district will be conducting a review and audit of our response to the active shooter on January 20th.  This will be done in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security and local law enforcement/first responders.  In addition, we are collecting information from staff regarding this event.  The goal will be to identify ways to improve our safety procedures so that all parties involved are better prepared.  We will also continue to provide ALICE training to our staff and students in conjunction with local law enforcement on a regular/routine basis.

 6.    Other items being investigated at this time are the employment of a School Resource Officer, door barricades, and metal detectors.  No decision has been made at this time on these two items.  At the conclusion of the construction project, the school will also be equipped with panic buttons in the office area and an emergency alert (911) system that can be activated by any staff member throughout the building. 

On behalf of all our school district staff, I want to thank you for allowing WL-S to educate your children.  The safety of our students has always been an important priority to our district.  We will continue to take all reasonable precautions to ensure that your child has a safe learning environment.  Again, thank you for your support of our school over the last few weeks.  This has been an emotional and challenging event that we can learn and grow from as a school district and community.
 
Last, I want to express how happy I am to have Logan Cole return to school this week.  The courage, strength, and positive attitude he has
displayed is an example for us all to aspire to and learn from. 
He is Tiger Strong.
 
Sincerely,
Kraig Hissong
 
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