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 94 1 Barnhart Report 3-19-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 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  58 4 Brown Report 3-21-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 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 32 1 Gwynn Report 8-16-2019 icon acrobat
Gwynn Staff Letter 8-15-2019 
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Indian Head 3/27/2019 40 2 Indian Head Report 3-27-19 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 5-16-2019 icon acrobat
Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer 3/28/2019  73 2  Jenifer Report 3-28-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-23-2019 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 47 7 Middleton Report 3-30-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-12-2019 icon acrobat
Walter J. Mitchell 4/2/2019 86 19  Mitchell Report 4-2-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
Dr. Samuel A. Mudd        
Mary B. Neal 4/3/2019 92 3 Neal Report 4-3-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019  icon acrobat
J.C. Parks  4/4/2019  88 1 Parks Report 4-4-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019 icon acrobat
J. P. Ryon         
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        
William B. Wade        
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled Number of Samples Over 20 ppb Results 
Theodore G. Davis 4/11/19 38 0 Davis Report 4-11-19 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 8-15-19 icon acrobat
Gwynn Center 4/25/2019 32 1 Gwynn Report 8-16-2019 icon acrobat
Gwynn Staff Letter 8-15-2019 
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John Hanson        
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 25 1 Mattawoman Report 4-17-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
General Smallwood 4/18/2019 20 1  Smallwood Report 4-18-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-23-2019 icon acrobat
Milton M. Somers 4/19/2019 28 1 Somers Report 4-19-2019 icon acrobat
Parent Staff Letter 7-30-2019 icon acrobat
Benjamin Stoddert 5/1/2019 24 3 Stoddert Report 5-1-2019 icon acrobat 
Parent Staff Letter 8-8-2019  icon acrobat
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled Number of Samples Over 20 ppb  Results
La Plata        
Maurice J. McDonough        
North Point         
St. Charles         
Thomas Stone         
Westlake        
School Date Tested Number of Fixtures Sampled  Number of Samples Over 20 ppb  Results
Dr. James Craik Elementary        
Gale-Bailey Elementary        
Dr. Thomas L. Higdon Elementary        
Malcolm Elementary        
T.C. Martin Elementary        
Mt. Hope/Nanjemoy Elementary        
Piccowaxen Middle        
Henry E. Lackey High        
Robert D. Stethem         
Nanjemoy Creek        
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