update: Lead Testing of Water in City Facilities
Last Friday [10 June 2016], we let you know how the City is responding to concerns about the possibility of lead in City-owned facilities. One of the items on the list is a website to share test results from City facilities and provide general information. That website is now available at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bibs/LeadInfo
As mentioned last week, the Bureau of Internal Business Services, which manages many City facilities including the Portland Building, City Hall, 1900 Building, etc.; Portland Parks & Recreation; and other property owning/managing bureaus are identifying and prioritizing their buildings based on facilities that serve drinking water primarily to infants, children, or pregnant women.
Results will be available approximately one month after testing. If lead levels are elevated above state recommendations, facilities staff will be asked to flush the elevated taps at the start of each day. When flushing is not possible or the tap primarily serves infants, children, or pregnant women, the tap or fountain should be shut off or signs posted advising people not to drink the water out of that fixture.