State law requires districts to address water quality in schools.
Drinking Water Test Results for Oregon Schools (2016)
This document provides information on water quality in OR schools in 2016
Oregon Administrative Rules 333-061-0400 Reducing Lead in School Drinking Water
(1) For the purposes of this rule, the following definitions apply:
- (a) "School" means a school district, education service district, or public charter school. (II) Are not intended to be used for drinking or food preparation as part of the curriculum.
(2) Initial testing.
- (a) Schools must test for lead in the water from each tap at least once between January 1, 2016 and June 30, 2020, or prior to occupancy for taps added after these dates. Initial testing does not need to be repeated if:
- (A) Testing was conducted and mitigation completed before November 1, 2018 according to EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, Revised Technical Guidance from October 2006 , adopted by reference ; or
- (B) Testing was conducted and mitigation completed on or after November 1, 2018 according to EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities, October 2018, adopted by reference.
- (b) Samples must be collected "first draw," before any water is used from that tap on the day it is tested.
(3) On-going testing. Schools must collect a first draw sample as described in subsection (2)(b) of this rule and EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities, October 2018, from each tap at least once every six years starting on July 1, 2020 according to OAR 581-022-2223, unless the following exemption applies:
- (a) The tap was installed after January 4, 2014 and meets the lead-free standard of no more than 0.25 percent lead by weight and the piping feeding the tap is a material other than copper or was installed after January 4, 2014 and the solder and flux meets the lead-free standard of no more than 0.2 percent lead; and
- (b) The tap was tested as required in section (2) and no more than 1 part per billion (ppb) of lead was detected. (6) Following receipt of results that show a tap has 15 or more ppb of lead, a school must:
- (a) Collect a flushed sample from that tap. This sample must meet all the criteria specified in section (4) of this rule and be collected after water has flowed from the tap for 30 seconds as described in Step 2 of Module 5 of EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities, October 2018 ; and
- (b) Complete an appropriate permanent mitigation in accordance with Module 6 of EPA's 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Childcare Facilities, October 2018 ; and
- (c) Test the tap after mitigation is complete, demonstrating lead is less than 15 ppb before access to the tap is resumed. A first-draw sample as described in subsection (2)(b) must be collected and analyzed.
Oregon Revised Statutes 327.008 State School Fund; State School Fund grants
(1) (a) There is established a State School Fund in the General Fund. (b) The Department of Education, on behalf of the State of Oregon, may solicit and accept gifts, grants, donations and other moneys from public and private sources for the State School Fund. Moneys received as provided in this paragraph shall be deposited into the State School Fund. (17) Each biennium, the Department of Education shall transfer $2 million from the State School Fund for deposit to the Healthy School Facilities Fund established under ORS 332.337. Notwithstanding ORS 332.337, the department may expend moneys received in the Healthy School Facilities Fund under this subsection only as grants for costs associated with testing for elevated levels of lead in water used for drinking or food preparation.
Oregon Revised Statutes 332.331 Healthy and Safe Schools Plan
(3) A plan developed and adopted under this section must, at a minimum, include the following:
- (a) The identification of, and contact information for, a position within the administration of the school district, education service district or public charter school having responsibility for maintaining and overseeing performance of the plan.
- (b) A list of all facilities of the school district, education service district or public charter school that are subject to the plan.
- (c) Provisions regarding testing for, and reducing exposure to, elevated levels of lead in water used for drinking or food preparation as required under guidelines adopted by the authority.
Statewide plan for reducing student exposure to lead in drinking water: Information for schools and childcare facilities
This document provides the statewide plan for addressing water quality that was crafted by the OHA and ODE