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Posted: June 5, 2019

Water from Older School Fountains, Sinks Tested for Lead

APS volunteered for the state-sponsored program to ensure the health and safety of everyone who uses our facilities including our students, families and staff.

Earlier this year, Albuquerque Public Schools was approached by the New Mexico Environment Department and the New Mexico Department of Health about participating in a federally funded program to test the water from school fountains and sinks for elevated levels of lead.

School districts across the state were invited to participate in the program. APS was among a handful that volunteered.  

APS tested 69 elementary schools built before 1990. Schools built after then don't need to be tested because of federal regulations that went into place in the late 1980s to better protect the water supply.

Of the more than 800 samples taken from APS, the water from about 40 mostly sinks and a few fountains came back with elevated levels of lead.

The old faucets and fixtures were immediately replaced, and the water was retested.

No one has been allowed to use those drinking fountains or sinks while we await the results of the second round of tests.

So far, only five have come back with elevated levels following the second round of tests. In those cases, we are replacing supply lines or taking other preventative measures. We will make other similar repairs as deemed necessary as we continue to get results from the second round of tests.

Once we have all the results, we will make them available in school offices and also on the APS website.

Schools are not required to conduct sampling for lead, but APS determined that it is in the public’s best interest to take the initiative in dealing with this potential health risk.

We continue to work closely with the state Environment Department and the Department of Health.

This voluntary testing is being conducted to ensure the health and safety of everyone who uses our facilities including our students, families and staff. 

Tested Schools

  • Adobe Acres 
  • Alameda
  • Alamosa
  • Alvarado
  • Apache
  • Armijo
  • Arroyo del Oso
  • Atrisco
  • Bandelier
  • Barcelona 
  • Bel-Air
  • Bellehaven
  • Carlos Rey
  • Chamiza
  • Chaparral
  • Chelwood
  • Cochiti
  • Collet Park
  • Comanche
  • Coronado
  • Dennis Chavez
  • Dolores Gonzales
  • Duranes
  • East San Jose
  • E.G. Ross
  • Emerson
  • Eugene Field
  • Governor Bent
  • Griegos
  • Hawthorne
  • Hodgin
  • Hubert Humphrey
  • Inez
  • Janet Kahn
  • John Baker
  • Kirtland
  • Kit Carson
  • La Luz
  • La Mesa
  • Lavaland
  • Lew Wallace
  • Longfellow
  • Los Ranchos
  • Lowell
  • Mary Ann Binford
  • MacArthur 
  • Mark Twain
  • Matheson Park
  • McCollum
  • Mission Avenue
  • Mitchell
  • Monte Vista
  • Montezuma
  • Mountain View
  • Navajo
  • Onate
  • Osuna
  • Painted Sky
  • Reginald Chavez
  • San Antonio
  • Sandia Base
  • Sierra Vista
  • Sombra del Monte
  • S.Y. Jackson
  • Tomasita
  • Valle Vista
  • Whittier
  • Zia
  • Zuni