District-wide Lead Testing

Testing for Lead in Water in our Schools

To protect the health of our students and faculty, Hamilton County Schools will conduct sampling, testing, and reporting for lead in drinking water across 53 schools in the district this summer. The schools selected for testing were constructed before January 1, 1998. Lead testing and appropriate remediation will begin the last week in May. An interactive map with lead test results for each school is available on this page.

Why Test

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. Hamilton County Schools will follow EPA guidelines and will take corrective action at any source with a testing result equal to or greater than 15 ppb.

What Happens After Testing

For each source that tests above recommended levels for lead, Hamilton County Schools will implement:

  • Immediate Action (shutting off outlets that fail tests, sharing results, and posting signage);
  • Short-Term Control Measures (while the outlet is closed, flushing, and retesting); and
  • Permanent Control Measures (the use of a filter or other remediation to provide safe water at the source) 

Hamilton County Schools has already begun to install filters (which are certified to produce safe drinking water) and will continue to do so to ensure the safety of water in schools. All sources where lead is identified at or above the EPA recommended level of 15 ppb will immediately be marked as “out-of-service” with appropriate signage and corrective action taken before students return for the 2020-2021 school year.

Hamilton County Schools sees this project as an opportunity to increase awareness of lead in drinking water and to improve the public health of families across the area. HCS will continue to communicate with families to notify of lead testing results and corrective actions taken for water sources. We are committed to keeping you informed every step of the way as we test and improve the water quality in our schools.

Lead Testing Results Interactive Map

Schools Undergoing Lead Testing During Summer 2020

Building Name

Year Constructed

CSAS - Elementary / Middle / High

1922

Lookout Mountain Elementary

1929

Normal Park Upper

1931

Shepherd Elem (Bess T.)

1937

Tyner Academy

1938

Harrison Elementary

1939

Normal Park Lower

1939

Hillcrest Elementary

1948

CSLA

1949

Barger Academy

1954

Howard High School

1954

(Howard Elem)Howard Middle Connect

1954

Rivermont Elementary

1954

Woodmore Elementary

1954

Alpine Crest Elementary

1957

Lookout Valley High / Middle

1957

East Ridge High School

1958

Washington Alternative

1958

(White Oak Elem) Dawn School

1959

Dupont Elementary

1959

Lakeside Academy

1959

Tyner Middle Academy

1959

Brainerd High School

1960

Red Bank High School

1960

Soddy-Daisy Middle

1960

Hixson Elementary

1961

Lookout Valley Elementary

1961

Orchard Knob Middle

1961

Thrasher Elementary

1961

East Ridge Middle School

1962

Chatt. High School CCA

1963

Dalewood Middle

1963

Clifton Hills Elementary

1964

Hixson High School

1966

Brown Middle School

1967

Central High School

1967

McConnell Elementary

1972

Sale Creek School

1973

Hamilton Co High

1975

Ooltewah High School

1975

Sequoyah High School

1975

Ooltewah Middle School

1978

Big Ridge Elementary

1979

Daisy Elementary

1979

Snow Hill Elementary

1981

Soddy-Daisy High School

1981

Wolftever Elementary

1988

Wallace Smith Elementary

1992

Spring Creek Elementary

1993

Calvin Donaldson Elementary

1995

Hunter Middle School

1995

Loftis Middle

1995

North Hamilton Co. Elementary

1995



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