Hamilton County Schools selected TruePani Inc. through a competitive RFP process to conduct sampling, testing, and reporting for lead in drinking water across 53 schools in the district. The schools selected for testing were constructed before January 1, 1998. Lead testing and appropriate remediation began in May 2020 and was completed in August 2020.
In 2018, the state of Tennessee passed a law requiring school districts to implement policies to test for lead in drinking water sources in schools. The EPA action level for lead in drinking water is 15 parts per billion (ppb). Under the state of Tennessee law, any source where testing results are equal to or greater than 20 ppb will immediately be removed from service, and retesting of the source will occur within 90 days of corrective action.
TruePani also provided educational resources and created an interactive map of testing locations that was linked from the HCDE website to provide transparency into the testing process. TruePani and HCS are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way as we test and improve the water quality in our schools.