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Medford, OR 97501
Phone: 541-774-2744
Fax: 541-826-5402
Contact: Jim Stockton, Water Treatment Director
Email: Jim.Stockton@cityo. . .
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Lead testing results

Roosevelt and Jackson elementary schools

After Medford School District tests found elevated lead levels in the drinking water at Roosevelt and Jackson elementary schools, the Medford Water Commission collected samples from the service lines and water mains that deliver water to the two schools.  The Commission is pleased to confirm that the lead levels found in all samples tested were below the action level established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The Commission submitted 23 samples to Neilson Research Corporation, an independent, state-certified laboratory located in Medford. The results show lead levels in all samples were below 15 parts per billion (ppb), the EPA’s action level for public drinking water systems. The results of the samples submitted to Neilson Research show lead levels ranging from 0.1 ppb to 11.1 ppb, with most falling below 1 ppb. 

Two service lines at Roosevelt Elementary and the one line serving Jackson Elementary were tested at the meter, with enough samples collected to reach the water mains. The Commission collected a total of 58 one-liter samples and submitted 23 liters for testing. The remaining samples were stored in the event that further testing would be deemed necessary. However, given that there were no exceedances, the Commission does not have plans to pursue further testing at this time.

The Medford Water Commission commends the Medford School District’s proactive efforts to ensure safe drinking water and remains committed to working together to provide excellent quality drinking water for our community.

Click the links below to see the test results:
Jackson Elementary School
Roosevelt Elementary School #1
Roosevelt Elementary School #2
 

Lead pigtails

The Medford Water Commission also is providing lead testing at locations where the service line is found to have a lead pigtail. Tests are offered before and after the lead pipe is removed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency sets an action level for lead at 15 parts per billion for public water systems. Lead testing results that exceed 15 ppb are listed in red below. ND means not detected at the minimum reporting level. 
 
Street where pigtail was found  Lead parts per billion (ppb) BEFORE pigtail was removed Lead parts per billion (ppb) AFTER pigtail was removed
Oakdale #1  Collected: 6/23/16 Collected: 7/16/16
Liter 1 (first draw)
28.4 0.8
Liter 2
4.8
0.1
Liter 3
1.9
0.2
Liter 4
0.2
0.1
Liter 5
0.2
0.1
Liter 6
0.2
0.1
Liter 7
0.2 0.1
Liter 8 (lead pigtail)
439.0 0.1
Liter 9
3.3
0.1
Liter 10
0.7 ND
Liter 11
18.0 ND
Connected property
  Collected: 7/8/16
Liter 1 (first draw)
n/a 0.2
Newtown #1   Collected: 6/25/16
Liter 1 (first draw)
n/a 0.4
Oakdale #2    Collected: 6/29/16
Liter 1 (first draw)
n/a 0.2
W. Main St. (vacant lot; no pigtail found) Collected: 6/29/16  
Liter 1 (first draw at meter box)
26.4 n/a
Liter 2
0.4 n/a
Quince and W. 4th St. Collected: 7/11/16  
Tested 15 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.
n/a n/a
W. 10th St.  Collected: 7/12/16  
Tested 7 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.
n/a n/a
W. 11th St. #1  Collected: 7/13/16  
Tested 8 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.
n/a n/a
W. 11th St. #2  Collected: 7/22/16  
Tested 15 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.
n/a n/a
S Pacific Highway (no pigtail) Collected: 7/22/16  
No pigtail at this location; tested as follow-up to customer concerns.
   
Liter 1 (first draw)
0.6 n/a
Laurel  Collected: 7/22/16  
Tested 11 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.    
Liter 1 (first draw)
0.3 n/a
Liter 2
0.1 n/a
Liter 3
0.1 n/a
Liter 4
0.1 n/a
Liter 5
0.1 n/a
Liter 6
0.1 n/a
Liter 7
0.5 n/a
Liter 8
0.3 n/a
Liter 9
0.1 n/a
Liter 10
0.1 n/a
Liter 11
0.1 n/a
Connected property
Collected: 7/22/16  
Liter 1 (first draw)
0.8 n/a
Liter 2
0.4 n/a
N. Holly St. #1 Collected: 8/18/16  
Tested 2 liters; no elevated lead detected. Due to leaks, water did not sit stagnant for at least 6 hours as required for valid test.    
Liter 1 (sampled at meter)
2.1 .1
Liter 2
0.6 .1
N. Holly St. #2 Collected: 9/9/16  
Liter 1 (sampled at meter)
13.9  
Liter 2
0.7  
Liter 3
0.6  
Liter 4
0.2  
Newtown #2 Collected: 9/13/16 Collected: 9/29/16
Connection supplies water for two residents.    
Sampled at kitchen 
location 1, location 2
Liter 1 (sampled at meter)
27.6
  55.5 , 317.0 
Liter 2
5.1 224.0 , 0.2 
Liter 3
1.4 n/a , n/a
Liter 4
1,110.0 n/a , n/a
Liter 5
0.1 n/a , n/a
Hillcrest Rd Collected: 9/14/16  
Liter 1 (sampled at meter)
299.0 n/a
Liter 2
2,890.0 n/a
Liter 3
Non Detect n/a


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