Results for lead in drinking water and well water quality


Testing for Lead in Drinking Water
Charles County Public Schools (CCPS) is testing schools and centers for the presence of lead in school drinking water. CCPS is conducting the testing to comply with a new state regulation, HB 270, which was signed into law in May 2017 and requires schools served by public water to test for the presence of lead. All Maryland schools, public and nonpublic that serve students in grades prekindergarten to Grade 12, must complete the testing. The testing is not the result of any concerns with drinking water in Charles County schools.

Testing is limited to water outlets where the water is intended for consumption. This includes water sources like drinking fountains, cafeteria sinks, classroom combination sinks, teachers’ lounge sinks and any other outlets used for drinking or food preparation. It does not include water outlets like utility and bathroom sinks. CCPS will place signs on non-drinking outlets that are not subject to water sampling indicating they have not been sampled. Signs do not indicate that a particular water outlet has lead contamination.

Although not required by law, CCPS plans to test the water at all schools, including those where water is provided by a well, educational centers and office buildings. Staff is conducting testing in two phases and plans to complete all testing by the end of the 2018-19 school year. Details about testing procedures and other information is included in the Frequently Asked Questions.

CCPS will send all water samples to Martel Laboratories JDS Inc., a state-certified laboratory for water analysis. CCPS will post results on schools and centers websites as we receive them and CCPS will post full lab reports and summaries on this webpage.

For more information
Testing for Lead in Drinking Water – Public and Nonpublic Schools, Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE)

Charles County Public Schools contact
Michael Heim, Assistant Superintendent of Supporting Services, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Lead in Drinking Water Test Results
Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) recommends water outlets be taken out of service if the lead level exceeds 20 parts per billion (ppb).  When a water outlet exceeds this level, the outlet is disabled within 24 hours to prevent physical access to the water coming from the fixture.  A follow-up sample is collected and if the results have lead levels exceeding the action level, the fixture is replaced. 

Click on a category below to view test results.

School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled  Number of Samples Over 20 ppb Results 
C. Paul Barnhart 3/19/2019

12/6/2019
94

1
1

0
Barnhart Report 3-19-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 icon acrobat
Barnhart Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
Berry 3/20/2019 88 0 Berry Report 3-20-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-9-2019 icon acrobat
Dr. Gustavus Brown 3/21/2019

12/4/2019
58

4
4

0
Brown Report 3-21-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 icon acrobat
Brown Retest Report 12-4-2019 icon acrobat
William A. Diggs 3/26/2019 97 0 Diggs Report 3-26-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-11-2019 icon acrobat
Gwynn Center 4/25/2019

12/5/2019
32

1
1

1
Gwynn Report 4-25-2019 icon acrobat
Gwynn Staff Letter 8-15-2019 icon acrobat
Gwynn Retest Report 12-5-2019 icon acrobat
Indian Head 3/27/2019

12/3/2019
40

2
2

1
Indian Head Report 3-27-19 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 icon acrobat
Indian Head Retest 12-03-2019 icon acrobat
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer 3/28/2019

12/4/2019
73

2
2

0
Jenifer Report 3-28-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-23-2019 icon acrobat
Jenifer Retest Report 12-4-2019 icon acrobat
Mary H. Matula 3/29/2019 90 0 Matula Report 3-29-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-23-2019 icon acrobat
Arthur Middleton 3/30/2019

12/10/2019
47

6
7

4
Middleton Report 3-30-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-12-2019 icon acrobat
Middleton Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
Walter J. Mitchell 4/2/2019

12/5/2019
86

17
19

9
 Mitchell Report 4-2-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
Mitchell Retest Report 12-5-2019 icon acrobat
Mitchell Retest Letter 3-11-2020 icon acrobat
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd  5/1/2019 22 0  Transition School Report 5-1-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-20-19
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Mary B. Neal 4/3/2019

12/10/2019
92

3
3

0
Neal Report 4-3-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019 icon acrobat
Neal Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
J.C. Parks  4/4/2019

12/10/2019
88

1
1

0
Parks Report 4-4-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019 icon acrobat
Parks Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
J. P. Ryon  4/5/2019  88   0  Ryon Report 4-5-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-27-2019 icon acrobat
Transition School 4/26/2019 22 0 Transition School Report 4-26-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-20-2019 icon acrobat
Eva Turner 4/9/2019 72 16  Turner Report 4-9-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 9-23-2019 icon acrobat
William B. Wade 4/10/2019

12/6/2019
92

1
1

0
Wade Report 4-10-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 9-10-2019 icon acrobat
Wade Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled Number of Samples Over 20 ppb Results 
Theodore G. Davis 4/11/2019 38 0 Davis Report 4-11-19 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-15-19icon acrobat
John Hanson  4/13/2019

12/10/2019
43

1
1

0
 Hanson Report 4-13-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 9-6-2019 icon acrobat
Hanson Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
Matthew Henson 4/16/2019 18   Henson Report 4-16-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 6-24-2019 icon acrobat
Mattawoman 4/17/2019

12/6/2019
25

1
1

0
Mattawoman Report 4-17-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
Mattawoman Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
General Smallwood 4/18/2019

12/5/2019
20

1
1

1
Smallwood Report 4-18-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-23-2019 icon acrobat
Smallwood Retest Report 12-5-2019 icon acrobat
Milton M. Somers 4/19/2019

12/5/2019
28

1
1

0
Somers Report 4-19-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
Somers Retest Report 12-5-2019 icon acrobat
Benjamin Stoddert 5/1/2019

12/6/2019
24

3
3

2
Stoddert Report 5-1-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019 icon acrobat
Stoddert Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled Number of Samples Over 20 ppb  Results
La Plata  4-27-2019

12/10/2019
 47

4
 4

1
La Plata Report 4-27-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-27-2019 icon acrobat
La Plata Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
North Point  5-21-2019 110 0 North Point Report 5-21-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 11-12-2019 icon acrobat
St. Charles  5-22-2019  68 0 St. Charles Report 5-22-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 11-5-2019 icon acrobat
Thomas Stone   4-30-2019

12-14-2019
61

2
 4

0
Stone Report 4-30-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 9-11-2019 icon acrobat
Stone Retest Report 12-14-2019 icon acrobat
Westlake 5-16-2019 55 0  Westlake Report 5-16-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-22-2019 icon acrobat
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled  Number of Samples Over 20 ppb  Results
Dr. James Craik Elementary 5/15/2019

12/10/2019
35

3
3

2
Craik Report 5-15-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-2-2019 icon acrobat
Craik Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
Gale-Bailey Elementary 5/7/2019

12/3/2019
75

4
4

2
Gale-Bailey Report 5-7-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-15-2019 icon acrobat
Gale-Bailey Retest Report 12-3-2019 icon acrobat
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary 5/17/2019 67 0 Higdon Report 5-17-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 11-5-2019 icon acrobat
Malcolm Elementary 5/9/2019

12-4-2019
62

24
24

14
Malcolm report 5-9-19 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-28-2019 icon acrobat
Malcolm Retest Report 12-4-2019 icon acrobat
T.C. Martin Elementary 5/10/2019

12/10/2019 
81

6
6

T.C. Martin Report 5-10-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 11-6-2019 icon acrobat
T.C. Martin Retest Report 12-10-2019 icon acrobat
Maurice J. McDonough High  5/14/2019

12-6-2019
 59

6
 6

1
McDonough Report 5-14-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-2-2019 icon acrobat
McDonough Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary  5/17/2019

12/6/2019
 63

1
 1

1
Mt. Hope Report 5-17-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-9-2019 icon acrobat
Mt. Hope Retest Report 12-6-2019 icon acrobat
Piccowaxen Middle 5/17/2019

12/2/2019
46

4
4

1
Piccowaxen Report 5-17-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 9-17-2019 icon acrobat
Piccowaxen Retest Report 12-2-2019 icon acrobat
Henry E. Lackey High 5/8/2019

12/3/2019
63

3
3

0
   Parent Staff Letter 10-22-2019 icon acrobat
   Lackey Report 5-8-2019 icon acrobat
Lackey Retest Report 12-3-2019 icon acrobat
Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Ctr  4/10/2019 8 0  NanjemoyEC Report 4-10-2019 icon acrobat
Staff Letter 9-17-2019 icon acrobat
Robert D. Stethem Educational Ctr 5/15/2019 23 0  StethemEC Report 5-15-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 10-1-2019 icon acrobat
Office Building Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled  Number of Samples Over 20 ppb  Results
Annex 1 5/11/2019 4 0 Annex 1 Report 5-11-2019 icon acrobat
Staff Letter 8-20-2019 icon acrobat
Annex 2 5/11/2019 2 0 Annex 2 Report 5-11-2019 icon acrobat
Staff Letter 8-16-2019 icon acrobat
Jesse L. Starkey Administration 5/11/2019 18 0 Starkey Report 5-11-2019 icon acrobat
Staff Letter 9-17-2019 icon acrobat 
Maintainance Shop 5/11/2019 5 0 Maintenance Shop Report 5-11-2019 icon acrobat
Staff Letter 8-27-2019 icon acrobat