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Drinking water at Metro Parks passes tests

Metro Parks officials on Friday reported that more than 60 drinking water sources throughout the park district recorded either no lead or minute levels well below public health limits.

Staff members collected samples from water fountains and sinks in buildings and parks where water is intended for consumption. Sites included all of the community centers, sports field complexes, neighborhood parks, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and all areas at Point Defiance Park that are used by students of the Science and Math Institute (SAMI), for example.

Samples were taken from April 29 to May 5 with guidance from the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and following a testing program developed by the Environmental Protection Agency. First, a sample of stagnant water was taken from fixtures not in use for 8 to 18 hours. Staff took the additional step of testing the fixtures after they were flushed.

The samples were sent to Spectra Labs in Tacoma. As of Friday, the district had received results for all but two of the 67 tests. The remaining tests were for the district’s headquarters building, built in 1993. A list of sites and results is available at www.metroparkstacoma.org/water-quality.

Public health standards call for action if lead is found in concentrations greater than 15 parts per billion (ppb). Most Metro Parks drinking water sources tested at 2 ppb or less.


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