Lead in Drinking Water at LAUSD Schools

  • The health and safety of our students is Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) priority. 

    In 1988, the District tested drinking water fountains and confirmed proper flushing reduces lead levels to acceptable limits as established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in almost all instances.
    In those situations where flushing did not result in water with lead content within EPA guidelines, these fountains were taken out of service. At that time, the LAUSD instituted a policy requiring the flushing of drinking water fountains for at least 30 seconds prior to the first use of the day to ensure the safety of students and staff.
    Please see the Reference Guide for Daily Flushing Requirements For Drinking Fountains and Faucets.

    For more information on lead in drinking water, please click on the State Department of Health Services website at http://www.dhs.ca.gov/childlead/

    The County of Los Angeles Public Health Department has a Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program Health Educations Services can be contacted at 1 (800) 524-5323 or you can go to the website at http://lapublichealth.org/lead.

    Drinking Water Flushing Flyers

    Notice of Exemption From Daily Drinking Water Flushing Requirements

    Frequently Asked Questions