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MS STEM Block Announcement

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Safe Water Update

Moreland Environmental Services took additional water samples at school today. The lab is working hard to complete testing for all central Illinois schools and day care centers in accordance with the new state law. They expect to have results to us by January 31st. Until then, our morning faucet flush routine will continue, and some units will remain shutdown.
 
Kitchen
While Moreland Envrinomental was here, we had them verify our action plan with the reported findings. They indicated the dish sink sprayer returned high rather than the kitchen restroom sink we shutdown. In response, we shutdown the dish sink sprayer and ran a temporary hose for kitchen staff to use in the dish sink area until the issue is resolved. While we await results, we consulted the WaterSense Products section of the EPA website in search of replacement parts. After study, Encore Series "Low Lead" replacement components for the older 2 sprayers in the kitchen were ordered. A licensed plumber has been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon to replace the kitchen sprayer components. Moreland Environmental is scheduled to return and retest the kitchen on Thursday. A replacement faucet for the kitchen hand sink was ordered as well. Our goal is a clean bill of health from all kitchen water sources after next Thursday's tests are returned.
 
Faucets
An additional replacement faucet was ordered to have on hand pending test results.
 
Water Fountains
A replacement bottle filling station and water fountain for the HS/Cafeteria areas were ordered. We will work with the architect to determine the most appropriate placement per school code. These units will match the existing grade school units. A bottle filling station for the MS hall was also ordered to replace the old existing unit. 
 
Our primary objective is to pinpoint any/all plumbing components returning lead concentration readings above 5.0 ppb. As new test results are received, school personnel will work with the newly formed BOE "Safe Water Committee" and the Building Committee to implement an appropriate action plan. Members of the community have also asked us to explore the issue of lead testing for kids. Exploration of that issue will begin next week.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact Superintendent Tim Farquer in the district office at 309.639.2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Announcement Regarding Safe Water at School

In accordance with new state law (Public Act 99-0922), Williamsfield Schools contracted Moreland Environmental Services to conduct lead testing of our water on Wednesday, December 27, 2017. Testing is required on the following water sources in elementary school buildings:

  • Drinking fountains
  • Sources of drinking water
  • PREK and Kindergarten classroom sinks

Water testing at Williamsfield Schools followed protocol recommended by Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Public Act 99-0922. All water sources had two samples collected. The first collection at each source is considered a “first draw” sample. Water collection occurs in first draw samples after sources were unused for at least eight (8) hours. The second sample at the same source was collected after 30 seconds of flushing. The two (2) samples are intended to help identify if any detected lead concentrations originate from the fixture or the potable water piping leading to the fixture. Flush times and sampling are noted on lab reports. All water sources were sampled between 8 and 18 hours after last use. A summary of the report is included below. The full report can be viewed here. We have some areas to address and an action plan for doing so, but rest assured, our building is safe. Our drinking water is safe. We have temporarily "shut down" all fixtures in question until professionals can conduct further study. Bottled water is available for students and staff to supplement our newer water fountains which have been declared safe. 

The lists below represents water sources where a concentration level above 5.0 ppb was detected from at least one of the two "draws." The lists below are organized according to the recommended corrective action from Moreland Environmental Services.

List #1 Recommendation: Establish a morning flush routine. Evidence indicates a 30 second flush in the morning reduces levels to less than 5.0 ppb.

  • PREK (Bosnich) classroom hand sink - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • 1st grade classroom hand sink - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • 2nd grade classroom hand sink - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • Nurse's restroom hand sink - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • Life Science Lab sink 1 - second draw was under 2.0 ppb
  • STEM Lab sink 1 - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • STEM Lab sink 2 - second draw was under 1.0 ppb
  • Kitchen hand washing sink - second draw was under 4.0 ppb

List #2 Recommendation: Repair the fixture &/or components (e.g., shut-off valve) then retest the water

  • (4) Cafeteria water fountains - second draw on all units was under 5.0 ppb
  • Original high school water fountain
  • Girl's locker room water fountain
  • Boy's locker room water fountain
  • Elementary Special Education classroom hand sink
  • Life Science Lab sink 2 - second draw was under 5.0 ppb
  • (3) Culinary Lab sinks - second draw on 2 units was under 5.0 ppb
  • (7) Chemistry Lab sinks - second draw on 2 units was under 5.0 ppb
  • Music Room storage room sink
  • Kitchen restroom sink

Some background...

Lead most frequently gets into drinking water by leaching from plumbing materials and fixtures as water moves through a school’s distribution system. Even though the drinking water we receive from the village may meet federal and state standards for lead, our facility may have elevated lead levels due to plumbing materials and water use patterns. Leaching can occur for several reasons, the most common being corrosion due to contact with acidic water over time. Elevated lead levels are commonly attributed to a fixture's lack of use (e.g., a little used sink or drinking fountain).   

The use of lead in the plumbing industry was banned in 1986. This ban did not entirely eliminate lead as 0.2% lead is still allowed in solder, and 8% lead is allowed in piping systems. Pre-1986 plumbing systems have a higher potential to leach lead into drinking water. The main portion of our building was constructed in 1981-82.

Lead is a toxic metal that is harmful to human health. Young children, those 6 years and younger, are at particular risk for lead exposure because they have frequent hand-to-mouth activity and absorb lead more easily than do adults. Children’s nervous systems are still undergoing development and thus are more susceptible to the effects of toxic agents. Lead is also harmful to the developing fetuses of pregnant women. For more technical information regarding lead and school drinking water, see the technical guidance document from the US EPA here. While there is no known safe level of lead in drinking water, the EPA guidance lists a recommended action level of 20.0 parts per billion (ppb) of lead. When lead concentrations are at 20.0 ppb or greater, some action should be taken to reduce the concentration in the affected outlets. Public Act 99-0922 goes a step further and requires Williamsfield Schools to provide notification to parents identifying each location with a detected concentration exceeding 5.0 ppb.

Additional Information:

  • School personnel will conduct morning flush cycles in accordance with List #1 recommendations.
  • School personnel will turn water off to List #2 fixtures until proper repairs & retesting can occur.
  • Minor repairs to targeted List #2 fixtures will be made this week, in preparation for retesting.
  • School personnel is working to secure retesting by Moreland Environmental Services on January 19, 2018.
  • BOE President Ingle has established a special BOE "Safe Water Committee" to explore the issue. The first meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 25th at 7am in the Kutkat Conference Room of the administrative office. Committee members include:
    • Chuck Ingle (Committee Chair)
    • Brian Howard (BOE member)
    • Tim Farquer (Superintendent)
    • Lee Wight (Village President)
    • Tom Rice (Head of Village Water Department)

Williamsfield Village Water Information:

The village of Williamsfield conducts regular water testing in compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act. Lead testing occurs on a 3-year cycle, bacterial testing occurs monthly or immediately following a breach of the system (line break), and Chlorine/Flouride/Hardness testing is conducted daily. The village water department will conduct new lead testing as soon as possible in an effort to eliminate the possibility of village water as the source of the school issue. A screenshot of the village lead and copper testing history can be viewed below. You will notice a history of little to no lead concentration in test results. Additional village water system details can be studied online here

A complete copy of the Williamsfield Schools water testing report is available here. If you should have any questions regarding the water testing or our plan of action, please contact Superintendent Tim Farquer in the district administrative office at 309.639.2219 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For additional information about lead in drinking water, please be sure to visit the  USEPA website.

Sincerely, 

The Williamsfield Schools Board of Education & Superintendent Tim Farquer

 

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr...

The following excerpts are from MLKs "Loving Your Enemies" sermon, delivered at the Dexter Avenue Baptist Church in Montgomery, Alabama on November 17, 1957. I encourage us all to reflect upon his words and exemplify their spirit. The full text can be viewed here.

“Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.”

“So this morning, as I look into your eyes, and into the eyes of all of my brothers in Alabama and all over America and over the world, I say to you, "I love you. I would rather die than hate you." And I’m foolish enough to believe that through the power of this love somewhere, men of the most recalcitrant bent will be transformed. And then we will be in God’s kingdom. We will be able to matriculate into the university of eternal life because we had the power to love our enemies, to bless those persons that cursed us, to even decide to be good to those persons who hated us, and we even prayed for those persons who despitefully used us.”

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325 Kentucky Avenue
Williamsfield, IL, 61489
School Office: (309)-639-2216
District Office: (309)-639-2219