Lead in Water Notification

Hastings Public Schools would like to inform all parents, staff, and community members that ISD #200 has a complete and updated Lead in Water Program in which the goal is to provide lead safe drinking water sources throughout all its facilities.

Lead is a heavy metal that usually enters water through distribution systems, including pipes, solder, fixtures, and valves.  When ingested, it can interfere with brain development and lead to other health problems, especially in young children.  Lead levels may increase when water sits undisturbed in the system.  Hastings Schools has developed a routine testing program intended to identify the presence of lead in water and to reduce levels of lead as indicated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  This program consists of periodic testing, following the testing protocol established by the Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education, and remediation.

Hastings Public Schools has sampled water sources in the past and plans to complete another sample of all water sources within the next five years.  If interested in discussing the Lead in Drinking Water program or test results, please contact the District’s contact person regarding Lead in Water, Jim Huberty, at (651) 775-2477.

Additional information about Lead in Water, including what actions parents can take at home, can be found under Lead in Drinking water on the MDE website at http://www.health.state.mn.us/topics/lead/index.html.