Water Safety Testing Results

In response to requirements stipulated in HB 270, passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Governor Larry Hogan. St John Regional Catholic School (SJRCS) has been testing water outlets at schools for the presence of lead. The law requires that schools “must test for the presence of lead in all drinking water outlets” in schools that are served by public water.

The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) defines a “drinking water outlet” as “a potable water fixture that is used for drinking or food preparation.” According to COMAR, such outlets include an ice-making machine, a hot drink machine, a kitchen sink, a classroom combination sink with drinking fountain, a sink in a home economics classroom, a teachers’ lounge sink, a nurse’s office sink, a sink in a special education classroom, and any other sink known to be used for human consumption. Also, according to COMAR, a “drinking water outlet” does not include “an outlet clearly signed as not a drinking water outlet.”

SJRCS has also tested outlets such as all bathroom sinks and places from which water is not intended to be consumed.

Sampling is being done by SJRCS personnel and/or an accredited independent laboratory. As results are received, if levels exceed the action level, the information is provided to parents/guardians and staff. Full results are also available at school front office.  We will, as the law requires, sample every three (3) years.

More information about the law can be found on the Maryland Department of the Environment website.

2023-2024 School Year Sampling Plan:

On December 1, 2023, SJRCS  sampled all the water outlets in the building.  All of the school’s samples were compliant with state regulations, and none of the samples showed lead exceeding the action level of 5 parts per billion (ppb) for lead in drinking water in school buildings. The action level is the concentration of lead, which, if exceeded, triggers required remediation.

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