Water testing conducted at Nagel
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. Last week, water was tested at Nagel Middle 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.
Nagel’s drinking water tested as safe. Of the 131 water samples tested from drinking fountains, cooking outlets and sinks throughout the school, one showed lead levels above a 15 ppb mark. In other words, 99.24% of the water outlets tested did not have lead content in excess of Greater Cincinnati Water Works standards. The outlet identified with higher than acceptable levels of lead was a staff sink next to a science lab. The sink has been out of commission for more than five years. However, we are currently working with GCWW and Hamilton County Public Health to correct the issue and ensure we are following proper precautionary procedures. Once we have corrected the source of the issue, GCWW will approve the work and ensure fixtures meet requirements before the district reactivates any water source.
Nagel’s water testing reports are available at the Forest Hills Central Office, which is open Mondaythrough Friday from 7 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.