DRINKING WATER MANAGEMENT

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Albemarle County Public Schools holds a Virginia Class VI Water Works Operating License for its six schools with drinking water wells.  The Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) administers this license, and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) regulates the quality and operation of the drinking water wells.  The Albemarle County Public Schools Building Services Department manages the drinking water wells on a day-to-day basis.  Click here to learn more about Class VI Water Works.

Why are we categorized as "Class VI"?

Class VI is known as the "Very Small Water Works" category.  Albemarle County Public Schools falls into this category due to its relatively small population for the six schools with drinking water wells that it serves. 

Which schools are on wells?

  • Broadus Wood Elementary
  • Virginia Murray Elementary
  • Walton Middle
  • Yancey Elementary
  • Scottsville Elementary
  • Stony Point Elementary
Safe Drinking Water

Our ultimate goal is to provide students and employees with an adequate supply of safe, potable drinking water, and the confidence that their water is safe to drink.  To this end, we follow all federal and state requirements for drinking water chemical monitoring, sampling, record keeping and reporting.

Chemical Monitoring

To ensure adequate disinfection, we treat our water with chlorine and orthophosphate.  This treatment is closely monitored on a weekly-basis, and adjustments are made to the chemical levels based on weekly testing data.  Levels of chlorine in our drinking water ar tested and recorded weekly, and this information is submitted to the Virginia Department of Health.

Sampling for Contaminants

Coliform Bacteria

As required by the Virginia Department of Health, we sample monthly for the presence of coliform bacteria in the seven schools listed above.  Due to our disinfection practices and careful chemical monitoring, it is a very rare occurrence to have a "positive" coliform test in any of our schools.  If this should happen in the future, we will notify all school-affiliated persons affected by this occurrence, and take immediate steps to correct the issue.  All bacteria sampling records are kept in the Environmental Manager's files in the Building Services Department.

Other Contaminants

VDH also requires that we periodically sample for levels of the following contaminants in our drinking water: lead, copper, nitrates, cyanide, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), inorganic compounds, and metals.  The Environmental Manager for Albemarle County Public Schools maintains a "drinking water sampling calendar" that lists the sampling schedule for each school, including the contaminant, school name and date the sampling must be completed by.  As with bacteria sampling, any exceeding level of a contaminant found to exceed the exposure standard limit will be communicated to all affected members of the community, and appropriate corrective action taken immediately.  All sampling records are kept in the Environmental Manager's files in the Building Services Department.
 
Questions & Concerns:


If you have general questions or concerns about Drinking Water in your school, please contact Lindsay Snoddy, Environmental Manager, Building Services Department, at 975-9340 or lcsnoddy@k12albemarle.org