Some results available from lead testing at San Diego Unified School District schools

Posted at 11:31 AM, Apr 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-14 21:12:20-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Some results are starting to come in just 10 days after the San Diego Unified School District began testing drinking water at district schools for lead.

San Diego Public Utilities Department workers began testing water at district schools, as well as charter schools on district property, after one school reported its drinking water had recently tested positive for lead, bacteria and copper.

Additionally, at least three schools in San Ysidro had their drinking water shut off due to lead.

As previously promised, San Diego Unified officials have posted their first round of test results on the district website. Anything labeled "below action level" for copper, lead and bacteria mean a school tested negative.

Officials are collecting water in one-liter bottles with up to five sources of water from each campus. Sources of water may include drinking fountains, cafeterias and food preparation areas, district officials said.

Updated results can be viewed at

Testing at San Diego Unified schools will continue until the end of the school year in June. Testing will be conducted before the school day begins.

10News learned La Mirada Elementary School, a school in the San Ysidro Elementary School District, is currently on bottled water following testing. However, more than $10,000 has been spent to replace fixtures and water lines at the school.

Water at La Mirada Elementary and two other San Ysidro Elementary School District schools tested negative for bacteria. Those schools are awaiting the results of the lead and copper testing.

Bottled water at the three San Ysidro Elementary School District schools is costing the district $1,000 per day.

Click here to learn more about lead testing of water in California schools.