Because Garland ISD is committed to ensuring the health and safety of all students, staff and visitors, the district conducted water testing at every facility this fall. The precautionary measure looked for the presence of lead not only in drinking fountains but also in cafeteria and clinic sinks. These tests expanded routine checks conducted by city utilities.
"We are pleased that 100 percent of our facilities passed the drinking water analysis," said Superintendent Bob Morrison. “Providing safe environments that support exceptional teaching and learning is the Board of Trustees’ and my top priority.”
GISD partnered with an engineering firm to collect and analyze multiple samples from each location. The resulting report listed all sites safe for drinking. Water fountains passed with no further attention needed, but based on feedback, district plumbers proactively replaced faucets in cafeteria and clinic sinks at five facilities. GISD is among several districts that initiated testing after lead concerns arose across the country.