Despite lack of requirement, Bozeman schools maintain testing for lead in water

Posted at 2:40 PM, Mar 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-26 18:06:26-04

BOZEMAN – According to Environment Montana Research & Policy Center, 75% of Montana Schools have lead in their water.

The state’s schools are not required to test for particles per billion (ppb) of lead in the water sources, yet the Bozeman School District has for the past five years.

Deputy Superintendent Steve Johnson said he knows that at least for the past five years the schools have tested and if the levels are larger than 1 ppb, the faucets or water fountain are replaced.

“So I think it will be a pretty short period of time before we are actually required to do it,” said Johnson. “We have been doing it voluntarily for a long time because we feel it is one of those safety issues that we feel are important if we are going to providing services to kids.”

Reporting by Mederios Babb for MTN News