When determining whether or not you will test your school’s drinking water for lead, school administrators are left with two options: continued uncertainty or Peace of Mind.

Today’s blog post details the account of a Catholic school principal that recently told her story about why she opted for Peace of Mind and hired Tap Water Watch to test her schools water for lead.

I will refer to her as “Principal Adams”

In early 2016, Principal Adams, like everyone else in America began seeing news stories about a growing lead in drinking water crisis in Flint, MI. Like most Americans, Mrs. Adams felt bad for the folks in Flint, but the issue remained out of sight, out of mind. In her mind, it was a local problem that didn’t affect her, her family or students.

A year later, Mrs. Adams began reading news stories referring to lead in water as not just a problem in Flint, but a widespread problem throughout the entire country.

Beyond Flint: Excessive Lead levels found in almost 2,000 water systems across all 50 states

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As questions arose and a few parents brought up lead in water testing, Mrs. Adams felt an obligation to her community, concerned parents, and students to test the schools drinking water for lead.

“It would have been easy to stick my head in the sand and pretend like a potential problem didn’t exist and wait for it to all blow over” After carefully analyzing the downsides of testing, she knew that she may end up having to fix some problem water fountains and spend some money but quickly realized that testing was the only good option.

“When I started this job 27 years ago, I did so out of love for children and my desire to improve their lives. It’s important to remind myself of that when making important decisions that effects my students. These decisions need to always go back to that love for children and each decision needs to be made with their best interest in my heart and mind.”

Mrs. Adams knew that by choosing not to test the school’s drinking water she would be left with only uncertainty. However, by testing the water for lead, she would be given much needed peace of mind.

“Looking back, it wasn’t a difficult decision to make. What is so memorable about the situation is that I realized it wasn’t about ME, it was about the students that I serve. Sometimes life gets away from you and you forget what’s most important and why you’re in this place to begin with. Simply put, testing our water for lead, regardless of the outcome was the right thing to do.” She said.

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