HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — Hillsborough Public Schools has conducted water quality testing on nearly 2,000 individual faucets, drinking fountains and fixtures where water is likely to be used for drinking or cooking in more than 50 schools and district sites.
The school district plans to continue testing the drinking water sources in the schools for lead until they have checked all 270 facilities in the district.
After the initial testing, the district has released a list of schools that have fixtures with levels of lead higher than their guidelines. Out of 1,781 samples taken so far, 26 have returned with higher levels.
The school district is immediately shutting down the affected faucets to correct the issues with those fixtures and then reset the water to ensure the levels are in compliance before the fixtures are used again. The district will either replace the fixture, add a water filter or pursue other plumbing projects and alternative sources of water may be supplied to the schools if needed.
If a school has a fixture that tests over the 15 parts per billion level, the district will notify parents and staff by email and text message.