Drinking Water Lead Testing Program

Providing Safe Drinking Water at All DMPS Schools

Drinking fountain

With more than 3,145 water samples tested, DMPS is working to maintain safe drinking water at all schools.

A top priority at Des Moines Public Schools is the safety and well-being of our students and staff.

With national attention and awareness about lead in drinking water, including reports of elevated levels of lead in school drinking water around the country, DMPS has taken steps to determine if this is an issue in Des Moines and to ensure safe drinking water in our schools.

In April 2016, DMPS began a program to monitor lead levels in school drinking water by working with both an outside testing laboratory as well as Des Moines Water Works.

This was the start of what will be regular testing of water in all school buildings.

This initiative began with an initial screening of all DMPS schools. The screening began with the collection of samples from hallway drinking fountains, kitchens, nurses’ offices, and selected classrooms throughout all of the district’s school buildings.

Following the initial building screening, sample results were evaluated to determine appropriate response actions.

If lead levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb) were found in any school building, the district implemented corrective actions to reduce lead from the building’s drinking water based upon steps recommended by health and environmental experts.

This included steps such as replacing equipment and regularly flushing drinking fountains or sinks. DMPS took corrective action based on initial testing data as well as the test results from follow-up samples.

DMPS has implemented a plan to regularly test the drinking water at all schools. While such testing is not required by law, DMPS is taking this action to further ensure a healthy environment in our schools. Test results have been received for over 3,145 samples.

Please refer to the sections below for testing information from each DMPS school building, the district’s lead in drinking water management plan, and links to additional information about lead and drinking water.


DMPS DRINKING WATER TEST RESULTS

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SchoolAddressDateFixtures >15 ppbAction Status
Agriculture Laboratory201 County Line RdNov. 20160No further action required at this time.
Aviation Laboratory205 County Line RdJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Brody Middle School2501 Park AveNov. 20160No further action required at this time.
Brubaker Elementary School2800 East 42nd StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Callanan Middle School3010 Center StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Capitol View Elementary School320 East 16th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Carver Elementary School705 E UniversityJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Cattell Elementary School3101 East 12th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Central Academy1912 Grand AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Central Campus1800 Grand AveAug. 20180No further action required at this time.
Central Nutrition Center1225 2nd AveAug. 20180No further action required at this time.
Cowles Montessori School6401 College AveAug. 20180No further action required at this time.
Dean Avenue Operations Center1917 Dean AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Downtown School1800 GrandDec. 20170No further action required at this time.
East High School815 East 13th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
East High School Outdoor Athletics Facility1525 E UniversityJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Edmunds Elementary School950 15th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Findley Elementary School3025 Oxford StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Fleur Drive Administration2100 Fleur Dr.April 20160No further action required at this time.
Garton Elementary School2820 East 24th StMarch 20180No further action required at this time.
Goodrell Middle School3300 East 29th StNov. 20160No further action required at this time.
Grand Avenue Administration2323 Grand AveNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Greenwood Elementary School316 37th StNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Hanawalt Elementary School225 56th StOct. 20180No further action required at this time.
Harding Middle School203 East Euclid AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Hiatt Middle School1430 E University AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Hillis Elementary School2401 56th StDec. 20170No further action required at this time.
Hoover High School4800 Aurora AveApril 20160No further action required at this time.
Hoover Outdoor Athletics4800 Aurora AveApril 20160No further action required at this time.
Howe Elementary School2900 Indianola AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Hoyt Middle School2700 East 42nd StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Hubbell Elementary School800 42nd StOct. 20180No further action required at this time.
Jackson Elementary School3825 Indianola AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Jefferson Elementary School2425 Watrous AveAug. 20180No further action required, at this time.
Jesse Franklin Taylor Education Center1801 16th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
King Elementary School1849 Forest AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Lincoln High School2600 SW 9th StNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Lincoln High School Outdoor Athletics1200 DavisJune 20160No further action required at this time.
Lincoln RAILS1000 SW PorterJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Lincoln RAILS Outdoor Athletics1100 Porter June 20160No further action required at this time.
Lovejoy Elementary School801 East Kenyon AveNov. 20160No further action required at this time.
Madison Elementary School806 East Hoffman StMay 20180No further action required at this time.
Mann Education Center1000 Wade StNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
McCombs Middle School201 County Line RdJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
McKee Education Center2116 E 39th CourtAug. 20160No further action required at this time.
McKinley Elementary School1610 SE 6th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Meredith Middle School4827 Madison AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Merrill Middle School5301 Grand AveOct. 20180No further action required at this time.
Mitchell Elementary School111 Porter AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Monroe Elementary School3015 Francis AveAug. 20160No further action required at this time.
Moore Elementary School3716 50th StDec. 20170No further action required at this time.
Morris Elementary School1401 Geil AveAug. 20160No further action required at this time.
Moulton Elementary School1541 8th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
North High School501 Holcomb AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
North High School Outdoor Athletics615 Holcomb AveApril 20160No further action required at this time.
Oak Park Elementary School3928 6th AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Park Avenue Elementary School3141 SW 9th StNov. 20160No further action required at this time.
Perkins Elementary School4301 College AveOct. 20181Restroom fixture to be replaced, follow-up sampling to be completed.
Phillips Elementary School1701 Lay StNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Pleasant Hill Elementary School4801 East Oakwood DrJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Prospect Road Facility1915 Prospect RdJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
River Woods Elementary School2929 SE 22nd StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Roosevelt High School4419 Center StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Samuelson Elementary School3929 Bel-Aire RoadJune 20180No further action required at this time.
Smouse Opportunity School2820 Center StMay 20180No further action required at this time.
South Union Elementary School4201 South UnionNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Stowe Elementary School1411 East 33rd StNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Studebaker Elementary School300 E. County Line RdNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Ruby Van Meter School710 28th StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Walker Street Annex1401 Walker StJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Walnut Street Elementary School901 Walnut StMay 20180No further action required at this time.
Weeks Middle School901 East Park AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Welcome Center1303 2nd AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Willard Elementary School2941 Dean AveJuly 20160No further action required at this time.
Windsor Elementary School5912 University AveAug. 20160No further action required at this time.
Woodlawn Education Center4000 Lower Beaver RdNov. 20170No further action required at this time.
Wright Elementary School5001 SW 14th StAug. 20160No further action required at this time.

NOTE: Sampling data is available upon request.


DMPS LEAD TESTING PROTOCOL

Following guidelines established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and working closely with our partners at Des Moines Water Works, DMPS is following a strict protocol to test school drinking water for lead.  A summary of the steps in the process include:

  1. Gather the initial sample and test results.
  2. All results less than 15 parts per billion (ppb): no further action is required until the next scheduled testing.
  3. If there are any results from a building with a concentration more than 15 ppb, a flush sample will be collected and tested from every location with an initial test result greater than 15 ppb.
  4. If results of the second sample are less than 15 ppb, corrective actions will be implemented which may include, but are not limited to: fixture replacement; termination of service to a fixture; implementation of a fixture-flushing program; and completion of a full-building drinking water survey.
  5. If results of the flush sample are greater than 15 ppb, corrective actions will be implemented and follow-up sampling will be completed to confirm effectiveness of the measures taken. A full-building drinking water survey will be completed.

Click here to read about the DMPS Water Monitoring Action Plan.


ONGOING WATER MONITORING SCHEDULE

The ongoing monitoring schedule for DMPS schools and facilities is as follows:

  • 2016-2017: 2323 Grand, Agricultural Lab, Brody, East High School Outdoor Athletics, Goodrell, Lincoln, Lincoln High Outdoor Athletics, Lincoln RAILS Outdoor Athletics, Lovejoy, Park Avenue, South Union, Woodlawn
  • 2017-2018: Central Campus/Downtown School, Central Nutrition Center, Cowles, Garton, Greenwood, Hillis, Jefferson, Madison, Mann, Moore, Phillips, Samuelson, Smouse, Stowe, Studebaker, Walnut Street
  • 2018-2019: Cattell, Operations (Dean Avenue), Findley, Hanawalt, Hubbell, Jackson, King, Lincoln RAILS, McKinley, Merrill, Moulton, North, North High Outdoor Athletics, Oak Park, Perkins, Pleasant Hill, Willard
  • 2019-2020: 2100 Fleur, Callanan, Central Academy, East, Harding, Hiatt, Hoover, Hoover High Outdoor Athletics, Hoyt, McCombs, Meredith, Prospect, Roosevelt, Roosevelt Outdoor Athletics, Van Meter, Walker Street, Weeks, Welcome Center
  • 2020-2021: Aviation Lab, Brubaker, Capital View, Carver, Edmunds, Howe, McKee, Mitchell, Monroe, Morris, River Woods, Taylor, Windsor, Wright

NOTE: Schedule is subject to change based upon programming and sampling results.


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

The following local and national organizations provide helpful information about lead and drinking water:

  • Des Moines Water Works: DMWW is the provider of water service to all school district facilities. Their web site includes information about how Des Moines works to reduce lead in drinking water as well as suggestions on how to reduce exposure to elevated levels of lead.
  • U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: The CDC offers information about the health effects of lead as well as tips on how to reduce and avoid exposure.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA provides a wide range of information about lead in water supplies along with advice on how to reduce and avoid exposure.