On October 13, 2017, AB 746 was signed into law. This bill requires community water systems to test schools for lead before July 1, 2019 and report findings to the schools.
Before the law was implemented, Helix Water District reached out to every school within the district’s service area and worked with them on a voluntary basis to determine if a school’s plumbing or water fixtures expose students to lead. Over three hundred lead tests were performed at schools within the district’s service area, and none of the results were above the action level of 15 parts per billion.
Additional information regarding Helix Water District’s compliance with state and federal lead and copper testing, and all other water quality regulations, can be found in our annual Water Quality Report. Information on the testing for lead in schools program can be found on the State Water Resources Control Board’s website.