Get the Lead Out of School Drinking Water State Law

  • Per the 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 more stringent than the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) recommended action level of 15 ppb.

    As part of its commitment to safety, Harrisonville Schools also chose to perform some additional tests of water sources intended for hand washing, cleaning, or other non-drinking purposes.

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

    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 as identified by state requirements 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.

    Test Results and Summary - Feb. 9, 2024
    *a bubbler refers to a drinking device on a sink

    Early Childhood Center
    At the Early Childhood Center, 28 samples were tested. All 28 samples met state standards.

    Harrisonville Elementary School
    At Harrisonville Elementary, 75 samples were tested. 71 samples met state standards.

    1 drinking source and 3 additional water sources had concentrations of lead above the newly established State of Missouri action level of ppb.

    Drinking sources:

    • Room 16 Bubbler: 6 ppb


    Other sources:

    • Conference Room Sink Tap: 12.6 ppb

    • Room 27 Sink Tap: 15.1 ppb

    • Room 32 Sink Tap: 5.7 ppb

    McEowen Elementary School
    At McEowen Elementary School, 51 samples were tested. 33 samples met state standards.

    8 drinking sources and 10 additional water sources had concentrations of lead above the newly established State of Missouri action level of 5 ppb.

    Drinking Sources:

    • Room 16 Bubbler: 9.1 ppb

    • Room 14 Bubbler: 6 ppb

    • Room 12 Bubbler: 7 ppb

    • Room 10 Bubbler: 21.8 ppb

    • Drinking Fountain Outside Room 25: 5.9 ppb

    • Drinking Fountain Gym: 5 ppb

    • Bottle Filler Outside Gym: 71.2 ppb

    Other sources:

    • Room 32 Sink Tap: 7.9 ppb

    • Room 25 Sink Tap: 10.8 ppb

    • Room 19 Sink Tap: 5.2 ppb

    • Room 17 Sink Tap: 19.7 ppb

    • Room 16 Sink Tap: 16.6 ppb

    • Room 15 Sink Tap: 6.2 ppb

    • Room 14 Sink Tap: 207 ppb

    • Room 12 Sink Tap: 7.6 ppb

    • Room 10 Sink Tap: 21.2 ppb

    • Music Room Sink Tap: 12.9 ppb

    Harrisonville Middle School
    At Harrisonville Middle School, 41 samples were tested. 38 samples met state standards.

    2 drinking sources and 1 additional water source had concentrations of lead above the newly established State of Missouri action level of 5 ppb.

    Drinking Sources:

    • Boys Locker Room Drinking Fountain: 5.8 ppb

    • Room 109 Bubbler: 5.7 ppb

    Other sources:

    • Room 202 Sink Tap: 6.4 ppb

    Harrisonville High School
    At Harrisonville High School, 37 samples were tested. 35 samples met state standards.

    1 drinking source and 1 additional water source had concentrations of lead above the newly established State of Missouri action level of 5 ppb. 

    Drinking/cooking Sources:

    • Gym Hall Drinking Fountain: 13.1 ppb

    Other sources:

    • Kitchen East Wall Sink Tap: 10.5 ppb 

    Cass Career Center
    At Cass Career Center, 9 samples were tested. All 9 samples met state standards.


    Questions? Please contact Assistant Superintendent Joe Parkhurst, (816) 380-2727, ext. 1223 or joe.parkhurst@harrisonvilleschools.org


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