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Keeping Drinking Water Safe

To ensure safe drinking water throughout our schools, the district conducted extensive water testing this year.

Per the new Missouri “Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act,” a new law to ensure safe drinking water in all school districts throughout the state, the district hired a professional environmental consulting firm to conduct lead testing for all drinking and food preparing (cooking/cleaning) water sources in our school buildings.

Our testing identified water sources in our district with lead concentration at or above the new five (5) parts per billion (ppb) (5 micrograms per liter) standard. The 5 ppb level now required by the state is below the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended action level of 15 ppb.

As part of its commitment to safety, LSR7 also chose to perform additional tests of water sources intended for hand washing, cleaning or other non-drinking purposes, such as classroom sinks.

This webpage provides information to keep our school community fully informed about the safety of our water systems. 

Overview

The primary purpose of the new law is to ensure safety in drinking and food preparation.

  • LSR7 tested more than 1,100 water sources used for drinking and/or food preparation.​​​​​ and an additional 1,400 tests of water sources used for hand washing, cleaning or other non-drinking purposes, such as classroom sinks.
  • Altogether, the district tested more than 2,500 water sources throughout the district.
  • 97 percent of LSR7’s water fountains met new state standards and 99 percent met federal standards

97 percent of LSR7’s water fountains met new state standards and 99 percent met federal standards.

Remedial Actions

The district has taken immediate steps to restrict access to all water sources identified through testing.

  • All drinking and cooking sources exceeding action levels have been turned off until they can be successfully remediated.

  • Appropriate signage has been placed on non-drinking water sources exceeding action levels until they can be successfully remediated.

We are evaluating each source for the best remediation option, such as removing or replacing equipment or inserting industry-standard filters certified for lead reduction. The district will retest all water sources identified through this process to ensure successful remediation.

Read our LSR7: Safe Drinking Water Plan

FAQs

Test Results & Summary

Regulations

Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act (RSMo 160.077)

Frequently Asked Questions
RSMo 160.077
; Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water Act (2022)

Fact Sheet: Tips for Schools

Community Resources:

Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services: Health Effects of Lead

Jackson County Public Health: Lead Exposure & Testing

Kansas City Health Department: Testing Children and Homes for Lead

City of Lee's Summit: Water Quality Report 2023

Other Resources:

EPA: Basic Information about Lead in Drinking Water

EPA 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water
3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water
| US EPA