Today the Poway Unified School District is testing water for lead at 12 campuses. The district sent a letter to parents to notify them of the testing, which will run through mid-June. The affected campuses include: Chaparral, Garden Road, Midland, Painted Rock, Pomerado, Tierra Bonita, and Valley Elementary schools, Meadowbrook and Twin Peaks middle schools, Abraxas and Poway high schools, and the CTE/Adult Education campus. The PUSD will also be requesting lead testing for its remaining schools served by the City of San Diego and Olivenhain Municipal Water District.
Archive for date: May 16th, 2017
California’s largest lake, the Salton Sea, is an accident. It was created in 1905 when a levee broke on an irrigation canal, flooding a giant desert playa. Today it has become a sticking point in negotiations between three states over the future of the Colorado River. The three states – California, Arizona and Nevada – are in the midst of negotiating a drought contingency plan (DCP). It would commit each state to reducing diversions from the Colorado River in order to prevent Lake Mead from shrinking to disastrously low levels.
Following the formal end of California’s drought state of emergency in April, the Glendale City Council eased water-use restrictions during a meeting last week, although Glendale Water & Power customers must still adhere to the city’s own water-conservation policies.
In 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown issued mandatory water-use restrictions across the state. The Glendale City Council quickly adopted an ordinance that limited watering to just two days a week, known as phase three of conservation.
The San Diego Unified School District is trying to calm concerns of parents at Alice Birney Elementary School in University Heights after high levels of lead were found in the drinking water. At the same time, it was suggested that parents have their children tested for exposure to lead by their family doctors.
The drinking fountain near the lunch area of Birney Elementary School was one of the sources sampled in the district’s effort to test all schools for lead levels in drinking water.