GREENSBORO — Guilford County Schools leaders hope to announce soon a plan or proposal for more lead testing at the district’s drinking water taps, Chief of Staff Nora Carr said Thursday.

In the meantime, school maintenance staff have begun a new ritual: running all the drinking water faucets and fountains in almost every school for about a minute at the beginning of every school day. Staff began this procedure on Monday, the first day of classes for most schools.

Flushing gets rid of any water that sat in a faucet or other fixture overnight, lessening the opportunity for the water a child drinks to have picked up lead from the fixture.

The district is taking these steps out of “an abundance of caution,” Carr said Thursday in an interview. Research shows when lead builds up in young children, it can harm their intelligence, focus and behavior.

The school system last year tested for lead in one tap per building in 99 schools and 10 administrative buildings that are on a municipal water system. Three faucets showed lead near or above the EPA’s action level of 20 parts per billion. That’s the point at which the EPA recommends steps be taken to fix a problem. One tap, a faucet in a small, white sink in the kitchen of Southeast Guilford Middle, tested at 194 ppb. That’s nearly 10 times the EPA’s action level.

In each case, the faucets were the lead-leaching culprits, school leaders determined after checking lead levels in water before and after the faucet was flushed out. After replacing the faucets, lead levels dropped below what the labs testing Guilford’s samples could detect.

North Carolina does not require schools to test for lead in schools connected to municipal water sources, so these efforts are all voluntary.

Initially, school leaders released the results last month without announcing any plan for more testing or future action.

On Aug. 16, Chief Operations Officer Scott McCully told parents that the district had begun an inventory to better understand their plumbing starting with the three schools with the initially high lead results: Southeast Guilford Middle and Allen Jay and Frazier elementary schools. Carr said Thursday that the district had completed the inventory at those three schools.

She added that sometime in the last two to four weeks the district also started consulting with Christopher Morris Teaf, the director of the Center for Biomedical & Toxicological Research and Waste Management at Florida State University. He’s also president of a private research firm.

They are also still working closely with local water agencies and getting more help from state government and the schools’ local environmental attorney, she said.

District plumbing foreman Alvin Adams said the inventory of the three schools found some old water coolers they believe should have been disposed of decades ago based on potential for lead leaching from the components. Water coolers fall within the general category of drinking or water fountains, as most people understand the term, although plumbers differentiate. Adams and his staff have started on a project to replace those fountains, he said.

They are concerned schools may not have followed government requirements to get rid of models identified as potentially hazardous for lead. Congress passed a 1988 law aimed at ensuring the safety of school fountain drinking water that resulted in some product recalls in 1990.

Adams and other staff also used their experience and available records to estimate the age of the faucets in the schools. Leaders believe that knowing that could be useful to prioritizing where to focus future efforts. The three faucets where the district found the lead levels above the EPA action levels were from the 1970s or ‘80s, McCully said.

Inventory results show about 65 percent of fixtures are over 10 years old at Southeast Middle, 61 percent at Allen Jay and 59 percent at Frazier.

Faucets don’t really wear out like many other school components do, building services leaders said. So, just like a lot of people in their homes, the district has many faucets that date to when buildings were either constructed or renovated. They have never been under any obligation to replace them.

Just because a faucet is old doesn’t mean it’s going to have above average amounts of lead when tested, Adams stressed. Anti-corrosion treatments, such as the one Greensboro uses in its water, help keep fixtures and pipes coated with scale that provides a barrier between the lead and the water. Many old faucets did fine in the school district’s tests.

School leaders haven’t decided yet the scope of the testing or what other remediation steps they make take. That will help determine whether they need to ask the school board to authorize more money for the project. They hope to announce a plan or proposal within the next several weeks.

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Allen Jay Elementary faucet inventory report 2018

Guilford County Schools conducted a plumbing inventory at this school to locate faucets and estimate their ages as it looks to ensure old fixtures aren't allowing lead to leach into drinking water.

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4 Field 5 Field 6
ROOM LOCATION FAUCET TYPE BRAND AGE COUNT
1 Mobile Unit Lavatory - qty 2 T&S 15 2
1 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
2 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 20 1
2 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 20 1
3 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 15 1
3 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Sunroc 15 1
4 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 10 1
4 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
6 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 15 1
6 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
7 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 20 1
7 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 10 1
8 Mobile Unit Lavatory T&S 10 1
8 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 10 1
Office Workroom Lavatory Delta 20 1
Staff Bathroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
Staff Bathroom Lavatory Delta 3 1
Cafeteria Mens Bath Lavatory T&S 10 1
Cafeteria Womens Bath Lavatory T&S 10 1
Cafeteria Water Cooler H.Taylor 10 1
Cafeteria Kitchen Area Lavatory Delta 1 1
Cafeteria Kitchen Area Lavatory T&S 10 1
Cafeteria Kitchen Area Sink - qty 2 T&S 10 2
Media Center Bath Lavatory - qty 2 Delta 15 2
Main Bldg Room 1 Classroom Sink Kohler 30 1
Main Bldg Room 1 Classroom Lavatory Kohler 30 1
Main Bldg Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
Main Bldg Room 3 Classroom Sink American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 3 Classroom Drinking Station American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 3 Classroom Lavatory American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 4 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 4 Classroom Drinking Station Kohler 30 1
Main Bldg Room 4 Classroom Lavatory American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 6 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 6 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
Main Bldg Room 6 Classroom Lavatory T&S 20 1
Main Bldg Room 7 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 7 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
Main Bldg Room 7 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 8 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 8 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
Main Bldg Room 8 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 9 Classroom Sink American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 9 Classroom Drinking Station American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 9 Classroom Lavatory American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 10 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 10 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
Main Bldg Room 10 Classroom Lavatory American Std 20 1
Main Bldg Room 11 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 11 Classroom Drinking Station Kohler 15 1
Main Bldg Room 11 Classroom Lavatory American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Room 12 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 12 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 12 Classroom Lavatory American Std 68 1
Main Bldg Staff Workroom Sink T&S 25 1
Main Bldg Custodial Closet Mop Sink Delta 5 1
Main Bldg Room 13 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Room Bldg 13 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 13 Classroom Lavatory T&S 15 1
Main Bldg Room 14 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 14 Classroom Drinking Station Central 20 1
Main Bldg Room 14 Classroom Lavatory American Std 20 1
Main Bldg Room 15 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 15 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 15 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 16 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 16 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 16 Classroom Lavatory T&S 15 1
Main Bldg Room 17 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 17 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 17 Classroom Lavatory T&S 5 1
Main Bldg Room 18 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
Main Bldg Room 18 Classroom Drinking Station Central 15 1
Main Bldg Room 18 Classroom Lavatory Central 15 1
1st Grade Bldg Girls Bath Lavatory - qty 3 Delta 16 3
1st Grade Bldg Boys Bath Lavatory - qty 2 Delta 16 2
1st Grade Bldg Hallway Water Cooler Elkay 16 1
1st Grade Bldg Room 37 Classroom Sink Chicago 16 1
1st Grade Bldg Room 37 Classroom Drinking Station Central 16 1
1st Grade Bldg Staff Bath Sink Delta 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 35 Classroom Sink Chicago 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 35 Classroom Drinking Station Kohler 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 35 Classroom Lavatory Delta 10 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 36 Classroom Sink Chicago 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 36 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 33 Classroom Sink Chicago 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 33 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 34 Classroom Sink Chicago 16 1
1st Grad Bldg Room 34 Classroom Drinking Station Central 10 1
K Bldg Room 28 Classroom Sink Elkay 30 1
K Bldg Room 28 Classroom Lavatory T&S 20 1
K Bldg Room 27 Classroom Sink Delta 10 1
K Bldg Room 27 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
K Bldg Hallway Water Cooler - qty 2 H.Taylor 25 2
K Bldg Room 29 Classroom Sink Elkay 30 1
K Bldg Room 29 Classroom Lavatory American Std 30 1
K Bldg Room 30 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
K Bldg Room 30 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
K Bldg Room 31 Classroom Sink Elkay 30 1
K Bldg Room 31 Classroom Lavatory T&S 5 1
K Bldg Room 32 Classroom Sink Elkay 30 1
K Bldg Room 32 Classroom Lavatory T&S 15 1
K Bldg Custodial Closet Mop Sink American Std 30 1
K Bldg Media Workroom Sink Delta 30 1
TOTAL NO. OF FIXTURES 111
10 YEARS & LESS 43
GREATER THAN 10 YEARS 68

Frazier Elementary faucet inventory report 2018

Guilford County Schools conducted a plumbing inventory at this school to locate faucets and estimate their ages as it looks to ensure old fixtures aren't allowing lead to leach into drinking water.

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4 Field 5 Field 6
ROOM LOCATION FAUCET TYPE BRAND AGE COUNT
Main Office Workroom Sink Kohler 44 1
247 Clinic Sink Kohler 44 1
247 Clinic Lavatory Kohler 44 1
Cafeteria Ice Maker Manitowoa 5 1
Cafeteria Mop Sink T&S 1 1
Cafeteria Lavatory T&S 1 1
Cafeteria Two department sink T&S 10 1
Cafeteria Three department sink - Total of 3 T&S 10 3
Cafeteria Can Wash - qty 2 Woodford 15 2
Commons Area Water Cooler Elkay 25 1
Commons Area Womens Bath Lavatory Kohler 44 1
Commons Area Mens Bath Lavatory Delta 5 1
Media Center Sink Kohler 44 1
Near Media Center Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 44 1
2nd Grade Hall Boys & Girls Baths Sink - qty 10 Crane 44 10
201 Classroom Sink American Std 44 1
202 Classroom Sink American Std 44 1
203 Classroom Sink American Std 44 1
204 Classroom Sink American Std 44 1
K-wing Hallway Water Cooler Elkay 16 1
Staff Bath Lavatory - qty 2 American Std 16 2
104 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
104 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
103 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
103 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
103 Classroom Lavatory T&S 10 1
102 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
102 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
102 Classroom Lavatory T&S 16 1
101 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
101 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
101 Classroom Lavatory T&S 5 1
116 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
116 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
116 Classroom Lavatory American Std 16 1
117 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
117 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
117 Classroom Lavatory American Std 16 1
118 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
118 Classroom Drinking Station Central 8 1
118 Classroom Lavatory Delta 5 1
119 Classroom Sink Elkay 16 1
119 Classroom Drinking Station Elkay 16 1
119 Classroom Lavatory American Std 16 1
3rd 5th Grade Hallway Boys Bath Lavatory - qty 4 Delta 10 4
3rd 5th Grade Hallway Girls Bath Lavatory - qty 4 Delta 10 4
3rd 5th Grade Hallway Water Cooler Elkay 44 1
3rd 5th Grade Hallway Staff Bath Lavatory Kohler 44 1
3rd 5th Grade Hallway Workroom Sink Kohler 44 1
218 Classroom Sink Central 44 1
220 Classroom Sink Delta 10 1
221 Classroom Sink T&S 10 1
209 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
210 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
211 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
219 Classroom Sink Central 44 1
222 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
223 Classroom Sink Central 44 1
224 Classroom Sink Delta 5 1
225 Classroom Sink Kohler 44 1
1 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 20 1
1 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
2 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 15 1
2 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
3 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 15 1
3 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
4 Mobile Unit Lavatory UPS 15 1
4 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
5 Mobile Unit Lavatory American Std 10 1
5 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Elkay 10 1
6 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 5 1
6 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Elkay 10 1
7 Mobile Unit Lavatory American Std 10 1
7 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Elkay 10 1
Quad Room 1 Lavatory American Std 10 1
Quad Room 2 Lavatory American Std 10 1
Quad Room 3 Lavatory American Std 10 1
Quad Room 4 Lavatory American Std 10 1
Quad Hallway Bath Lavatory American Std 10 1
Quad Hallway Water Cooler Oasis 10 1
TOTAL NO. FIXTURES 99
10 YEARS OR LESS 41
GREATER THAN 10 YEARS 58

Southeast Middle faucet inventory report 2018

Guilford County Schools conducted a plumbing inventory at this school to locate faucets and estimate their ages as it looks to ensure old fixtures aren't allowing lead to leach into drinking water.

Field 1 Field 2 Field 3 Field 4 Field 5 Field 6
ROOM LOCATION FAUCET TYPE BRAND AGE COUNT
Office Staff Bathroom Lavatory - qty 2 Chicago (S) 7 2
Near 1242B Office Area Water Cooler Elkay 7 1
1245 Staff Lounge Sink Moen 7 1
1340 Nurse's Office Sink Moen 7 1
Nurse Bathroom Lavatory Chicago (S) 7 1
Commons Area Boys & Girls Bathrooms Lavatory - qty 8 Chicago (S) 7 8
Commons Area Boys & Girls Bathrooms Water Cooler - qty 2 Elkay 7 2
1218 Media Workroom Sink Moen 7 1
Media Baths Lavatory - qty 2 Chicago (S) 7 2
Media Center Water Cooler Elkay 7 1
1191A Custodial Closet Mop Sink Moen 7 1
1250 Aux Gym Water Cooler Elkay 7 1
Main Gym Cuspidor - qty 2 H.Taylor 15 2
Main Gym Girls Locker Room Lavatory - qty 3 T&S 15 3
Main Gym Girls Locker Room Shower Head - qty 11 Logan 59 11
Main Gym Girls Locker Room Water Fountain Kohler 59 1
Main Gym Girls Locker Room - Staff Office Lavatory Delta 5 1
Main Gym Ice Maker ? ? 1
Main Gym Mop Sink Kohler 59 1
Main Gym Washing Machine Milnor 59 1
Main Gym Boys Locker Room Lavatory - qty 3 T&S 15 3
Main Gym Boys Locker Room Shower Head - qty 11 Logan 59 11
Main Gym Boys Locker Room - Staff Office Lavatory Kohler 59 1
Near 118 Teachers Lounge Workroom Lavatory - qty 2 Delta 12 2
Near 118 Teachers Lounge Workroom Sink - qty 2 Delta 12 2
109 Classroom Sink - qty 6 Chicago 59 6
110 Classroom Sink - qty 4 Chicago 59 4
Near 110 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 59 1
Near 110 Custodial Closet Mop Sink Kohler 59 1
Near 107 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
117 Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
Near 117 Hallway Girls Bath Lavatory - qty 4 Chicago (S) 7 4
111 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
115 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
Near 112 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 59 1
113 Classroom Sink - qty 3 Moen 15 3
104 Classroom Sink - qty 3 Moen 15 3
Near 104 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 15 1
105 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
101 Home Economics Sink - qty 4 Delta 8 4
101 Home Economics Lavatory Elkay 59 1
101 Home Economics Ice Maker GE 20 1
Near 101 Boys Bath Lavatory - qty 4 Chicago (S) 7 4
1171 Classroom Lavatory Delta 10 1
107 Classroom Sink - qty 6 Chicago 59 6
108 Classroom Sink - qty 5 Chicago 59 5
Counselor's Office Lavatory - qty 2 Delta 20 2
1192 Cafeteria Water Cooler H.Taylor 7 1
1192 Cafeteria Sink - qty 3 Kohler 59 3
1192 Cafeteria Basin Pan T&S 7 1
1192 Cafeteria Steamer T&S 25 1
1192 Cafeteria Sprayer American Std 25 1
1192 Cafeteria Lavatory - 2 Chicago (S) 7 2
1192 Cafeteria Lavatory T&S 1 1
1192 Cafeteria Can Wash Woodford 59 1
201 Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
Near 201 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 10 1
210 Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
210 Classroom Eye Wash Haws 25 1
203 Classroom Sink - qty 6 Chicago 59 6
209 Classroom Sink - qty 5 Chicago 59 5
Near 204 Girls Bath Lavatory - qty 5 Chicago (S) 7 5
Near 204 Boys Bath Lavatory - qty 4 Chicago (S) 7 4
206 Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
Near 208 Hallway Water Cooler Elkay 10 1
208 Classroom Sink - qty 6 Chicago 59 6
Near 213 Hallway Water Cooler H.Taylor 59 1
213 Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
215 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
Near 216 Girls Bath Lavatory - qty 6 Chicago (S) 7 6
Near 216 Hallway Water Cooler - qty 2 H.Taylor 59 2
Hallway Near 216 Staff Bath Lavatory Chicago (S) 7 1
2262 Custodial Closet Mop Sink Kohler 59 1
217 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
212 Classroom Sink - qty 6 Chicago 59 6
211 Classroom Sink - qty 5 Chicago 59 5
215 Workroom/Classroom Sink Chicago 59 1
C2 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 10 1
C2 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 10 1
C3 Mobile Unit Lavatory - qty 2 T&S 10 2
C3 Mobile Unit Water Cooler H.Taylor 10 1
C4 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 5 1
C4 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
C5 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 10 1
C5 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Ebco 10 1
C6 Mobile Unit Lavatory - qty 2 USP 20 2
C6 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Elkay 20 1
C7 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 8 1
C7 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
C8 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 15 1
C8 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
C9 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 5 1
C9 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 15 1
C10 Mobile Unit Lavatory T&S 15 1
C10 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 20 1
C11 Mobile Unit Lavatory - qty 2 T&S 15 2
C11 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 5 1
C12 Mobile Unit Lavatory T&S 10 1
C12 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 10 1
C13 Mobile Unit Lavatory Delta 5 1
C13 Mobile Unit Water Cooler Oasis 10 1
TOTAL NO. OF FIXTURES 211
10 YEARS AND LESS 74
GREATER THAN 10 YEARS 137

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