West Liberty-Salem School is a public water system (PWS) responsible for providing drinking water that meets state and federal requirements. Samples were drawn from various distribution points throughout the building for testing of lead and copper. Please click the link below for information concerning our Consumer Notice of Tap Water Lead Result.
Non-Transient Consumer Notice of Tap Water Lead Result
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
One (1 of 10) sample collection location was at 16.4 ug/L
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.
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?
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.
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.