Water testing conducted at Mercer
April 10, 2017
Forest Hills is committed to protecting the health of our students, employees, parents and guests. To do that, the district proactively and voluntarily tests each school’s drinking water for lead. Recently, water was tested at Mercer Elementary School.
Greater Cincinnati Water Works conducts testing in Forest Hills and recommends taking action if lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb). Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires action if samples are greater than 20 ppb, Forest Hills follows GCWW standards and recommendations.
Mercer’s drinking water tested as safe. Of the 79 water samples tested from drinking fountains, cooking outlets and sinks throughout the school, zero showed lead levels above a 15 ppb mark. In other words, 100% of the water outlets tested did not have lead content in excess of Greater Cincinnati Water Works standards.
Mercer’s water testing reports are available at the Forest Hills Central Office, which is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.