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DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC SCHOOLS
OFFICE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
825 North Capitol Street,
NE, 9TH Floor
Washington, D.C., 20002-1994
(202) 442-5885 – fax: (202)
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
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.