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Water Testing Results

Fixtures were tested at each school sites below. Each table displays the frequency of use for fixtures that had lead test results that were above the regulatory action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Learn more about action levels.

Frequency of use for water sources as rated by school administrators

  • Frequent: likely used by many at least once per day
  • Occasional: possibly used once or twice a week by a small number of students
  • Rare: this is not a highly trafficked area; few if any drink from this fixture

Malcolm X Academy

Actions taken

  • Water source(s) above action level turned off
  • Bottle water delivery to school if needed
Fixture location Current amount of use for drinking First Test Date / Level Second Test Date / Level Third Test Date / Level
Lower drinking fountain between Room T203B and Room 204 on 2nd floor of main building Frequent Oct. 6 / 16.2 ppb Oct. 17 / 17.6 ppb N/A
Classroom sink faucet ground floor classroom 015 near elevator lobby Rare Oct. 19 / 43.1 ppb Oct. 24 / 216 ppb N/A
Classroom sink drinking fountain ground floor classroom 015 near elevator lobby Frequent Oct. 19 / 18.9 ppb Oct. 24 / 17.9 ppb N/A
Classroom sink faucet 1st floor classroom 112 elevator lobby Rare Oct. 19 / 45.1 ppb Oct. 24 / 22.6 ppb N/A
Classroom sink drinking fountain 1st floor classroom 112 elevator lobby Occasional Oct. 19 / 54.5 ppb Oct. 24 / 28.4 ppb N/A
Sink faucet 1st floor room 113 faculty lounge * Rare Oct. 19 / 23.6 ppb Oct. 24 / 5.07 ppb Nov. 1 / 14 ppb
Sink drinking fountain 1st floor room 113 faculty lounge Rare Oct. 19 / 18 ppb Oct. 24 / 2.98 ppb Nov. 1 / 14.9 ppb
Sink faucet 1st floor inside room 108 resource room Rare Oct. 19 / 380 ppb Oct. 24 / 7.69 ppb Nov. 1 / 538 ppb
Sink and drinking fountain 1st floor inside room 108 Frequent Oct. 19 / 333 ppb Oct. 24 / 89.7 ppb N/A

* Fixtures are crossed out when testing has concluded and they are below action level.

About the testing

The California Water Board testing protocol is that when a water test level from a fixture comes back at or above 15 parts per billion (ppb), the fixture is considered to be “above the EPA action level” and retested. If the second test comes back lower than the EPA action level, then a third test is performed to determine whether or not the fixture needs to be shut down and remedied.

SF International High School

Actions taken

  • Water source(s) above action level turned off
  • Bottle water delivery to school if needed
Fixture location Current amount of use by SFIHS Community for drinking Current amount of use by New School Community for drinking
Upper drinking fountain in corner near scoreboard and across from bleachers in gym building Occasional Rare
Bathroom faucet 2nd floor Assistant Principal's office room 223 in main building Rare Rare
Kitchen faucet 2nd floor room 239 storage in main building Rare Rare
Lower drinking fountain outside close to 18th st. on the side of gym Rare Frequent
Upper drinking fountain outside close to 18th st. on the side of gym Rare Frequent
Kitchen prep faucet in kitchen room 122 back of room in the middle Rare Rare
Kitchen prep and dish wash faucet shower head in kitchen room 122 back of room to the right Rare Rare
Left science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 304 left side in main building Rare Rare
Middle science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 304 left side in main building Rare Rare
Right science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 304 left side in main building Rare Rare
Middle science faucet under the periodic table 3rd floor room 304 in back main building Rare Rare
Right science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 306 right side in main building Rare Rare
Middle Science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 306 right side in main building Rare Rare
Left science faucet next to wardrobe 3rd floor room 306 right side in main building Rare Rare
Right science faucet 3rd floor room 308 in back of room in main building Rare Rare
Middle science faucet 3rd floor room 308 in back of room in main building Rare Rare
Right science faucet 3rd floor room 308 on the left side of room in main building Rare Rare
Middle science faucet 3rd floor room 308 on the left side of room in main building Rare Rare
Left science faucet 3rd floor room 308 on the left side of room in main building Rare Rare
Science faucet 3rd floor room 308 office in main building Rare Rare

Download water testing results for SF International High School from SFPUC:

West Portal Elementary School

Actions taken

  • Water source(s) above action level turned off
  • Bottle water delivery to school if needed
Fixture location Frequency of use
Lower dual green drinking fountain southwest side of "yard 4" playground adjacent to basketball court Frequent
Sink farthest to the left on wall with urinals in boys bathroom on basement floor next to Y Frequent
Sink closest to bathroom stalls in girls bathroom on basement floor in between supply room Frequent
Sink farthest from bathroom stalls in girls bathroom on basement floor in between supply room Frequent
Sink on right dual faucet sink next to entrance of boiler room Rare
Sink on the left when looking from the entrance into the room in custodian work closet in boys bathroom Rare
Water faucet on left on dual sink-drinking fountain inside classroom 6 Frequent
Drinking fountain on right of dual sink-drinking fountain inside room 30 Occasional

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About Action Levels

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets an action level of 15 ppb for lead in drinking water. According to State Water Resources Control Board recommendations, If the lead level in a first-draw drinking water sample collected on a drinking water outlet at the school campus after stagnations is:

  • Higher than 15 ppb
    The corresponding drinking water outlet should be re-tested to confirm the initial result. Upon confirmation of the initial result, the drinking water outlet should be either addressed to mitigate the lead problem or permanently removed from service. Any corrective actions implemented by the school for that drinking water outlet should be re-tested to confirm the lead level in water is not higher than the action level.

  • Not higher than 15 ppb
    There is a strong indication of insignificant exposure to lead at that particular sample location and the corresponding drinking water outlet can be returned to use with no further water testing.