Water Testing

Safe Drinking Water Program

To guarantee that students have access to safe drinking water at school, we conduct water testing at every school on a five year cycle. The most recent testing cycle started in 2018 and is ongoing. Results from the current testing cycle of schools are linked below.

What you should know about the District’s Water Testing program:

  • The District has set a safety limit for lead in water at 10 parts per billion (ppb). That is STRICTER than the city’s limits.
  • Families are notified before testing starts, after results come back, and once the entire building has passed inspection.
  • If the result for a water outlet is above 10 ppb, the outlet is immediately shut down, while an action plan is developed.
  • In the event we find higher than 10ppb in any water outlet, action plans are implemented within 30 days from the receipt of the result. Action plans could include:
    • Removal of the outlet
    • Repair to the outlet
    • Application of a filter
    • Replacement of the outlet with a state-of-the-art hydration station
  • As we move from school to school, physical signs will be affixed to sinks and faucets that should not be used for drinking. Please pay attention to those signs.
  • Bathroom sinks are not tested.

How to read the results:

  • Click on a link below
  • Read the letter to the school
  • Scroll down to see the results page
  • Use the glossary below to interpret the information

Concerned About Exposure?

Blood lead testing for children is free at two Philadelphia Department of Public Health Centers.

  • Health Center #3 located at 43rd Street, between Baltimore and Woodland Avenues
  • Health Center #4 located at 44th Street and Haverford Avenue

Find more information at the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention website.

Glossary

Definitions

  • ppb = Parts per billion. This is the unit of measurement that describes the number of units of a certain contaminate (in this case lead) per 1000 million units. In other words, 1 ppb is extremely, extremely small!
  • AA = Above Action limit of 10 ppb. The outlet will be shut down and action plan implemented within 30 days.
  • BA = Below Action limit of 10 ppb. No further action needed for this outlet

Outlet Types:

  • WF = Water Fountain/Bubbler. Usually stainless steel, sometimes porcelain.
  • HS = Hydration Station/Bottle Filling Station. These are state-of-the-art and have built-in filtration systems.
  • FT = Sink Faucet/Tap
  • FP = Food Prep Sink/Pot-filler/Kitchen Kettle
  • IM = Ice Maker

Please search here for the most recent testing results. Check back often as the results are continually being updated.

Academy @ PalumboArts Academy @ Benjamin RushJohn BartramWilliam W. BodineBuilding 21
CentralConstitutionCreative & Performing ArtsMurrell DobbinsThomas A. Edison
Engineering & ScienceSamuel FelsFrankfordFranklin Learning CenterBenjamin Franklin
Horace FurnessGirard Academic Music ProgramPhila. HS for GirlsHigh School of the FutureHill-Freedman World Academy
Kensington CAPAKensington Health Sciences
Follow-Up Sampling
KensingtonMartin Luther KingLankenau
Abraham LincolnJules E. MastbaumJulia R. MastermanMotivation
Follow-Up Sampling
Northeast
OverbrookParkway Center CityParkway WestParkway NorthwestPenn Treaty
Follow-Up Sampling
Philadelphia Military AcademyPhiladelphia Virtual AcademyRandolph TechnicalPaul RobesonRoxborough
Walter B. SaulWilliam L. Sayre
Follow-Up Sampling
Science Leadership Academy @ BeeberScience Leadership AcademySouth Philadelphia
Strawberry MansionSwenson Arts/TechThe LINCThe U School
Follow-Up Sampling
The Workshop School
George WashingtonWest Philadelphia
AMY 5 @ James MartinAMY NorthwestBaldiDimner BeeberRoberto Clemente
Russell ConwellFeltonville Arts & SciencesHancock Demo @ LaBrumWarren G. HardingAustin Meehan
MYA - Middle Years AltScience Leadership AcademyTildenGen. Louis WagnerGrover Washington Jr.
Woodrow Wilson
Alexander AdaireDr. Ethel AllenEthan AllenAdd B. Anderson
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Chester A. Arthur
Bache-MartinJohn BarryBartonMary McLeod BethuneJames G. Blaine
Rudolph BlankenburgAmedee F. BregyBridesburgHenry A. BrownJoseph H. Brown
William C. BryantLaura H. CarnellLewis C. CassidyJoseph CatharineCayuga
George W. ChildsBenjamin B. Comegys
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Watson ComlyCook-WissahickonJay Cooke
William CrampKennedy C. CrossanAnna B. DayJ. DeBurgosStephen Decatur
William DickHamilton DisstonJames DobsonTanner DuckreyPaul L. Dunbar
Franklin S. EdmondsLewis ElkinElwoodEleanor C. EmlenLouis H. Farrell
D. Newlin FellFeltonville IntermediateThomas K. FinletterFitler Academics PlusA. L. Fitzpatrick
Edwin ForrestFox ChaseAnne FrankBenjamin FranklinEdward Gideon
Stephen GirardSamuel GompersJoseph GreenbergAlbert M. GreenfieldHoratio B. Hackett
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Andrew HamiltonHancock DemonstrationAvery D. Harrington
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John F. HartranftCharles W. Henry
Edward HestonThomas HolmeFrancis HopkinsonHenry H. HoustonJulia Ward Howe
William H. HunterAndrew JacksonJenks Academy Arts & SciencesAbram JenksJuniata Park Academy
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Gen. Philip KearnyWilliam D. KelleyJohn B. KellyKendertonFrancis Scott Key
Eliza B. KirkbrideRobert E. LambertonHenry W. LawtonHenry C. LeaAnna L. Lingelbach
Alain LockeWilliam H. LoescheJames LoganWilliam C. LongstrethJames R. Lowell
James R. LudlowJohn MarshallThurgood MarshallMayfairGen. George A. McCall
Alexander K. McClureMorton McMichaelJohn F. McCloskeyDelaplaine McDanielWilliam McKinley
Gen, George G. MeadeWilliam M. MeredithThomas MifflinMitchellJohn Moffet
J. Hampton MooreRobert MorrisAndrew J. MorrisonThomas G. MortonHon. Luis Munoz-Marin
George W. NebingerOlneyOverbrook Educational CenterOverbrookJohn M. Patterson
Thomas M. PeircePenn Alexander
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Jospeh PennellSamuel PennypackerPenrose
Robert B. PollockPotter-ThomasSamuel PowelPrince HallRhawnhurst
James RhoadsRhodesRichmondRooseveltWilliam Rowen
George SharswoodShawmontIsaac A. SheppardPhilip H. Sheridan
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Solomon Solis-Cohen
SouthwarkSpring GardenGilbert SpruanceEdwin M. StantonAllen M. Stearne
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Edward SteelJames J. SullivanJohn H. TaggartBayard TaylorVare-Washington
Laura W. WaringMartha WashingtonJohn H. Webster
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John WelshWidener Memorial
Frances E. WillardRichard R. WrightWilliam H. Ziegler

Results from the previous testing cycle can be found here.