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• Safe Drinking Water in Carlsbad Unified School District

Carlsbad Unified School District has completed water quality testing, and has determined that that all water at its facilities meets federal Safe Drinking Water standards.


California State Assembly Bill 746, which would require all school districts to test for lead contamination in their water, has passed the Assembly and is being considered in the Senate. This bill was initiated in response to multiple cases of water testing positive for lead in San Diego county and city schools.


Carlsbad Unified School District believes that it is critically important to ensure that the water used by students, staff, and community is safe. CUSD did not wait for this legislation to pass, but voluntarily elected to test the water in all CUSD schools built prior to 1986. (The federal Safe Drinking Water Act prohibited the use of lead in pipe and plumbing materials after 1986.) In collaboration with City of Carlsbad/Carlsbad Municipal Water District, water sampling was recently conducted at Buena Vista Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Magnolia Elementary, Valley Middle School, and Carlsbad High School. Five water samples were collected and tested at each site.


Carlsbad Unified is pleased to announce that none of the schools tested had lead levels exceeding the safe drinking water level of 15 parts per billion (0.015 mg/L.) One part per billion is equivalent to about one drop in an Olympic-sized swimming pool.


At Carlsbad Unified, the safety of our students is our highest priority.


Posted by: Sharan Merchant, District Admin, Carlsbad Unified School District Published:6/20/17
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