Granville Schools’ officials met today, Tuesday, April 26 with a group including the Ohio EPA chief of the Division of Ground and Drinking Water, the Licking County Health Department and the Village of Granville to discuss plans for resolving the lead levels in school drinking fountains. Here’s the plan:
- The district will contract with a plumbing company to replace drinking fountain valves with lead-free fittings. The work will begin immediately.
- At the same time, any fountain manufactured before 1990 will be replaced with a new drinking fountain equipped with filtration. A total of 38 fountains are being evaluated, and new units will be ordered and then installed by the plumbing company.
- A filter will be added to every drinking fountain in Granville Schools. The Maintenance Team will create a preventive maintenance plan for changing the water filters.
- A commercial plumbing company with work with the district to create a flushing schedule for all school building water lines.
Testing drinking fountain lead levels will continue throughout implementation of the plan and the district will communicate results when the project is complete. During this time, bottled water will be provided at GHS, GMS and GES.
Thank you for your support and patience as Granville Schools works to remedy this issue.
From April 25
The results from a second round of lead testing for lead in Granville
School buildings focused on the supply lines to drinking fountains. The results
(available here) produced a variation in levels from the first round of testing.
While water testing continues, the Ohio EPA (OEPA) requires level levels to be
reported within 48 hours.
Drinking fountains remain off at GHS, GMS and GES, plus fountains that are outside of GIS classrooms. The district will continue to supply bottled water until this issue is resolved.
Granville School administrators will meet with an OEPA water quality expert on Tuesday morning to discuss options for remediating the water lead levels and to create a plan. The district will also hire an independent vendor to continue testing the water.
On April 21, the Licking County Health Department tested 366 individuals during a clinic at GHS and nearly all the staff and students tested below 5 ug/l. Six, or 1.6%, were found to have elevated blood lead levels.
A second lead screening clinic will be this Thursday, April 28, 4-7 p.m. at the GHS gymnasium. Parents need to fill out a health department form (available here) for students under age 18; those older than 18 can fill out and sign the form. Forms will also be available at the GHS screening. Please note the form requires a Social Security number for the person being screened, as well as their physician’s name, address and telephone number. Please print and fill out the form in advance or bring the required information to Thursday’s screening.
Results for each finger stick blood test take about three minutes – please keep this in mind as there is no way to predict how many will attend on Thursday. At last week’s clinic, some had a wait time of up to two hours.
The district will provide another communication when there are new water testing results to report.
From April 22 - Second Lead Clinic at GHS April 28:
The Licking County Department has scheduled a second lead clinic at Granville High School to ensure all of the students and staff in the district have the opportunity to be screened for elevated lead levels. The clinic is Thursday, April 28, 4-7 p.m. at the GHS gymnasium.
The Health Department tested 366 individuals during a clinic on April 21. Of those screened, only 6, or 1.6%, were found to have elevated blood lead levels. The elevated levels ranged from 5.5 ug/l-8.9 ug/l.
“Our department was happy to partner with Granville Schools to hold a lead clinic at the high school, and we are looking forward to holding another clinic next week.” said Joe Ebel, Licking County Health Commissioner. “I want to thank our staff, the district staff, the Licking County Medical Reserve Corps, the American Red Cross and the Licking County Community Emergency Response Team for assisting us during the clinic. We were thrilled to serve over 350 people, and hopefully the second clinic will be just as successful.”
For more information regarding lead please visit www.lickingcohealth.org.
From April 20:
The Licking County Health Department will conduct lead
screening free of charge for Granville Schools students and staff with a finger
stick blood test 4-7 p.m. on Thursday in the GHS gymnasium. Because the number
of testing kits is limited, only those most likely to be impacted – students at
GHS, GMS, GIS and GES, and staff members – will be screened.
There will be seven testing stations in the gym. Results take about three minutes, and each person tested will receive their results in writing. Two experts from the health department will also be available if you have questions about the screening or your results. Anyone with an elevated level of lead will be advised to see their pediatrician or family doctor.
Parents need to fill out a health department form (available here) for students under age 18; those older than 18 can fill out and sign the form. Forms will also be available at the GHS screening. Please note the form requires a Social Security number for the person being screened, as well as their physician’s name, address and telephone number. Please print and fill out the form in advance or bring the required information with you to Thursday’s screening.
The district will provide another communication when the next water testing results are available.
From April 18:
Granville Schools continue to work with the Village Water
Department and the Licking County Health Department to address lead levels
found in recent testing. Today, the district is working with the Village
to test the supply lines of all water fountains in the district. We have
asked for the results to be expedited.
Upon receipt, this information will be communicated to the community, and the administration will be able to determine the best course of action to remedy this situation. The district continues to provide bottled water at the elementary, middle and high schools, and will continue to do so until the issue is resolved.
The Licking County Health Department will offer blood lead testing (finger stick) to all students and employees free of charge on Thursday, April 21 from 4-7 p.m. at the high school gymnasium. Parents of students being tested will need to complete a form for the health department. Click here to print the form, which will also be available at GHS Thursday and will be distributed before this week’s testing to subscribers of the district and school newsletters.
Please watch for another update on Wednesday, April 20.
From April 14:
In response to the current national dialogue about lead in public water supplies, the Granville Village Water Department, at the request of the Granville Exempted Village School District, pro-actively tested the drinking water in the public school buildings served by the Village’s water system. Elevated lead levels were found in some refrigerated drinking fountains in Granville’s elementary, middle and high school buildings. Other samples taken from kitchen faucets in the buildings were found to be within the parameters set by the Ohio EPA.
At the same time, samples were taken from the other Granville schools, Granville Christian, Welsh Hills and Denison University, showing results below regulated lead levels.
Granville follows the Ohio EPA mandated evaluation of the Village’s water source, treatment process and distribution system. All current and historical tests completed have shown the Village wide lead levels to be less the OEPA regulated levels. The recent test results indicate that the high lead levels are limited to the refrigerated drinking fountains in the Granville School buildings.
The Granville Exempted Village School District has taken all refrigerated drinking fountains off line and is providing bottled water to students and staff. They are also working closely with the Village of Granville, the Licking County Health Department and the Ohio EPA to immediately notify and educate parents, and to remediate the issue.
The Licking County Health Department will provide blood lead testing on Thursday, April 21 at the Granville High School Gymnasium from 4 to 7 p.m.
The Village of Granville will continue to work with the Granville Exempted Village School District, Ohio EPA and the Licking County Health Department to assist with the lead removal. Further testing will be completed in the schools buildings to better understand the source of lead and eliminate it. Once the problem has be remediated, additional testing will follow.
In an effort to assist consumers, the Village will provide water customers with the names and numbers of laboratories that will test for lead in the water used in homes and businesses.
The Village will also offer water customers who have publicly accessible refrigerated water fountains free water lead testing. Please contact the Granville Village Water Department at 740-587-0165 for more information.
Click here for test results for Granville School buildings.
Click here for a document outlining drinking water best practices for schools.
Click here for important information about lead in drinking water.