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Water Testing

SFUSD Lead testing 

SFUSD has been testing for lead in drinking water at various school sites, and making plumbing upgrades, since the 1980s.

This year SFUSD is partnering with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) to test schools’ drinking water for lead. This is to comply with new California State guidelines that all schools are to be tested for lead. 

Here are a few things you need to know:

  • Per SFUSD protocol, any school sites that have requested lead testing in the past have received lead testing.

  • A majority of schools have been tested through the Bond program; these schools received Bond upgrades (construction for seismic, ADA, fire and life safety), and were found to not have lead level issues.

  • For schools that do show lead levels above the limit mandated by the state, SFUSD will provide water bottle service until the issue is fixed.

  • All SFUSD custodians are required to flush drinking fountains each morning to remove any sediments from the faucet plumbing.


Q: What are the details of this new requirement?

A: The details are outlined in this statement.


Q: How can I make sure my school gets tested?

A: If your school has not already received testing, and does not have a water bottle filling station, it will be tested. Check the list of schools with Bond work and bottle filling stations to be sure your school has been tested.

Q: What if my school tests positive for trace amounts of lead?

A: SFUSD and SFPUC have developed a protocol for immediate remediation should a school test positive for lead levels in the water. SFUSD will provide the school with one or more of the following:

  • Bottled drinking water

  • Fixture replacement

  • Guidance on how to flush the faucet(s) properly

  • Written instructions and resources

Q: Where can I find more information on how the SFPUC tests are done?

A: The San Francisco Public Utility Commission has helpful information.