Recently you may have heard news accounts of unsafe water in our city’s district and charter schools. Typically, unsafe water is due to high levels of lead in drinking water. Lead can enter drinking water when plumbing materials corrode. Lead pipes, faucets and fixtures that contribute to unsafe drinking water are more likely to be found in structures that were built prior to 1986 and have not been renovated. All three Esperanza Academy buildings have been renovated well after 1986. Even though this is the case we prudently conducted testing on our drinking water in all three buildings from all 35 outlets used for drinking and cooking. We are pleased to announce that all 35 outlets met the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standard for lead in drinking water and are significantly below the 15 parts per billion threshold that would require action on behalf of the school.