Lead School Water Reporting

Lead School Water Reporting

All Maryland public and private schools are required to sample all drinking water outlets for the presence of lead pursuant to the Code of Maryland Regulation. In mid-October, 54 water samples were collected from the Forcey Christian School facility. We received test results for these samples on 11/7/22. Of these 54 water samples, 1 came back with levels of lead exceeding the State’s revised action level of 5 parts per billion (ppb) (formerly 20 ppb effective June 1, 2021, for lead in drinking water in school buildings.) The elevated lead result from the samples collected at FCS were as follows: 5.22 ppb in the water faucet in classroom 258. Please see attached results. Please note, the risk to the students and staff in the building is extremely low. Classroom 258 has been unoccupied for 2 years and is currently being used as a resource classroom a few hours a week. 

Effective June 1, 2021, the State’s Action Level (AL) for lead in drinking water samples collected from outlets in school buildings was lowered to 5 ppb. The AL is the concentration of lead which, if exceeded, triggers required remediation of drinking water outlets.

Since learning of the elevated lead levels in the water outlet in classroom 258, Forcey Christian School has turned off the water to the outlet and is conducting the collection of follow up samples. Richard Mallett, our facility manager, is following all compliance regulations, including reporting to the state and this notification of reporting to the community. He will follow up on all state requirements moving forward.

For questions regarding next steps, please contact terrance-lawrence@fcs.school.

For additional information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit https://www.epa.gov/lead.