Hillsboro Water's Community Lead Testing Program Honored with “Partners in Public Health” Award
During National Public Health Week in April, the Washington County Department of Health and Human Services honored significant contributions to public health that promote and support a culture of health and well-being in Washington County with Public Health Recognition Awards.
The City of Hillsboro Water Department was one of the four awardees, receiving the “Partners in Public Health” Award for creating a free community lead-in-water testing program. This award recognizes an organization that has developed innovative public health programs that positively affect its employees and/or the community at large.
Other honorees included Lisa Allen for leading the Hillsboro School District Board of Directors in creating a policy to allow their school-based health center to provide access to contraceptive services, Banks High School Fire Science Students for participating in a fire science curriculum provided by Banks Fire District #13, and Homeless Program Manager Annette Evans in Housing Services for working tirelessly to help our county’s most vulnerable community members obtain safe and affordable housing.
While all known lead service lines or infrastructure components in Hillsboro's water system have been removed or replaced and there is no known sources of lead in the water system at all, protection of public health is the Hillsboro Water Department’s number one priority. Water is tested regularly to ensure every drop in the Hillsboro water system is safe to drink.
The Water Department’s community lead testing program for customers began in July 2016. The free program is offered to Hillsboro residents, child care facilities (daycares), and nonprofit organizations who are current customers and located in the Water Department's service area. Learn more about the program and how the Water Department actively reduces lead exposure for customers at our Lead Information page.