Contributor: Johnny Mull
Date: August 22, 2019
Message from Johnny Mull, Operations Supervisor, Bradley County Schools
In response to recent legislation in the state of Tennessee (Public Charter 977), Bradley County Schools retained the professional services of TruePani Inc. to conduct water quality sampling and testing of drinking water sources as well as food prep sources within the school district across twelve (12) buildings built before January 1, 1998. One hundred and forty-one (141) water sources were sampled in late May of 2019 in accordance with the standards and procedures established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The water quality samples were delivered to an independent laboratory for testing. On June 10, 2019, the district received the preliminary results from TruePani.
Of the 141 water sources tested, one (1) water source came back with lead levels at or above the Public Charter 977 level of twenty (20) parts per billion (ppb). Another twenty-two (22) water sources came back with lead levels at or above the American Academy Pediatrics recommended level of one (1) ppd.
Upon receiving the test results, Bradley County Schools took immediate action to shut down and post each of the twenty-one (21) water sources to prevent anyone from using or consuming water from those sources. In addition, TruePani developed a lead prevention plan specific to Bradley County Schools to help identify the problem and then formulated a remediation recommendation. Those water sources remained out-of-service with posted signage until corrective action was taken. Corrective action was completed during the summer of 2019 prior to students returning to the 2019-2020 school year, and Bradley County Schools is compliant with Public Charter 977.
Bradley County Schools