Last month, Indiana Finance Authority, with assistance from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, released the preliminary findings of the Lead Sampling Program for Public Schools to help schools assess if there is a presence of lead in drinking water within their facilities. The report indicated 61% of the schools tested had at least one water fountain or sink with levels about the EPA recommendation of 15 parts per billion.
915 school building were sampled as a part of this voluntary program. In their Summary of Program Results, the Indiana Finance Authority states that many schools reported that drinking water fixtures with elevated lead concentrations were either infrequently used or purchased prior to 1990. This summary also provides information on fixes and steps to take to improve water quality.
A full list of the schools tested and results can be found here (results start on page 23). A full report will be released in January of 2019.
If your school was not enrolled, we suggest you contact your administration to have the school tested.