Recently there has been media attention focused on lead in
drinking water at schools. The health and safety of our students is Los Angeles
Unified School Districtís (LAUSD) priority. The following frequently asked
questions may help in providing you with additional information and resources.
In 1988, the District tested drinking water fountains and confirmed proper
flushing reduces lead levels to acceptable limits as established by the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in almost all instances. In those
situations where flushing did not result in water with lead content within EPA
guidelines, these fountains were taken out of service. At that time, the LAUSD
instituted a policy requiring the flushing of drinking water fountains for at
least 30 seconds prior to the first use of the day to ensure the safety of
students and staff.
For more information on lead in drinking water, please click on the State
Department of Health Services website at
The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department has a Childhood Lead
Poisoning Prevention Program Health Educations Services can be contacted at 1
(800) 524-5323 or you can go to the website at