915 4th Street NE

Auburn, WA 98002


p: 253-931-4900 

f: 253-931-8006

Auburn School District

915 4th Street NE | Auburn, WA 98002


p: 253-931-4900 | f: 253-931-8006

Water Quality 
 

As a precautionary measure, based on recent reports of lead in water, the Auburn School District made it a priority to review historical water testing records.

As a result of the review, it was discovered all schools had been tested in 2008 as part of our Facilities Master Plan planning process. Water quality testing is not required and the district voluntarily tested all facilities. In that testing, 10 schools had a total of 20 individual fixtures showing elevated lead levels. At this time, we cannot verify the steps taken to correct the report findings. 

Of the 20 fixtures with elevated lead levels, eight of them have already been mitigated. We are retesting all of the fixtures, even those we have replaced. We will report the results when they are available.

As a result, we have taken the following actions:

  • Water to the fixtures with elevated lead levels has been turned off
  • Fixtures identified in the report will be retested Monday, May 9. Based on the results of the retesting, we will replace fixtures as needed.
  • We will be voluntarily testing drinking water at all Auburn School District schools and facilities beginning next month.
  • All Auburn School District families are being notified of the plan with a letter.


These are the schools involved in the 2008 voluntary testing and how they have been addressed:
Auburn High: This high school was modernized and rebuilt and none of the tested locations exist any longer. All have been resolved.
Auburn Riverside: Will be retested within a week.  Removed from service pending results.
West Auburn High School: Will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Cascade Middle School: Two of the fixtures were removed in a 2015 facility renovation. Three other fixtures will be retested within a week and were removed from service pending results.
Mt. Baker Middle School: Will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Olympic Middle School: Both fixtures will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Dick Scobee Elementary: Will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Gildo Rey Elementary: One of the fixtures was replaced during a 2013 facility renovation. The other fixtures will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Lake View Elementary: One of the fixtures was replaced during a 2013 facility renovation. The other two fixtures will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.
Terminal Park Elementary: Will be retested within a week. Removed from service pending results.

As listed above, we have removed those fixtures that previously yielded elevated testing results from service pending results of our precautionary retesting. The results will be made public when they are available.

 

 
 
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