PARK DISTRICT OF HIGHLAND PARK: Annual Water Testing
Park District of Highland Park issued the following announcement on Sept. 4.
As part of our on-going commitment to protect the health and safety of everyone who utilizes our parks and facilities, beginning on Wednesday, September 5, the Park District of Highland Park will conduct its annual testing of all public drinking fountains and faucets for the presence of lead higher than the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).
Testing will include taking water fountains/faucets temporarily out of service the evening before the test. All out-of-service water fountains/faucets will be bagged. Testing should be completed by 9 am the following morning and the water fountain/faucet will be put back in service. All testing is expected to be completed within a week.
Results of the testing will be published on the District’s website, pdhp.org, as soon as they are available. Immediate action will be taken for any water fountain/faucet that tests above USEPA acceptable levels. Our top priority is the health and safety of our public and staff. Federal guidance indicates that children are at the highest risk for harmful lead exposure, and they can be exposed to lead from a variety of sources including paint, soil and even some consumer products.
For additional information about lead and children, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/
Original source can be found here.
Source: Park District of Highland Park