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Elfreda W. Massie, Interim Superintendent, DC Public Schools
Letter to parents and guardians on lead in the water at DC schools
February 24, 2004




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February 24, 2004

Dear Parents and Guardians:

Today, the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (WASA) announced that the vast majority of the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) and facilities have no detectable quantities of lead in the water provided by WASA.

From February 14, 2004 through February 19, 2004, WASA analyzed a total of 752 samples from 154 schools and school facilities. The results indicated that 87.7 percent (660 total samples) contained no detectable quantities of lead; 11.2 percent (84 total samples) had very little lead quantities; and 1.1 percent (eight total samples) tested above the Environmental Protection Agency’s acceptable recommended lead levels.

The following locations were found to have quantities of lead above the recommended level.

  • A drinking fountain at Choice Academy at Douglass, 2600 Douglass Place, SE;
  • A sink in the teacher’s lounge at Kenilworth Elementary School, 1300 44th Street, NE;
  • A sink in the Home Economics classroom (Room 109) at Eliot Junior High School, 1830 Constitution Avenue, NE;
  • A cafeteria sink at Bell Multicultural Senior High School, 3145 Hiatt Place, NW;
  • A drinking fountain at Dunbar Senior High School, 1301 New Jersey Avenue, NW;
  • A sink in the kitchen at H.D. Woodson Senior High School, 5500 Eads Street, NE;
  • A sink in the cafeteria at Ballou Senior High School, 3401 4th Street, SE; and
  • A drinking fountain at Penn Center, 1709 3rd Street, SE.

To address the lead issues at the eight locations, DCPS has removed all the affected fixtures from service. The fixtures will be replaced immediately with new fixtures and the water will be retested by WASA to verify that all locations meet WASA standards.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the WASA lead services hotline from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends at (202) 7872732. Thank you for your continued support.

Elfreda W. Massie, Ph.D. 
Interim Superintendent

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