San Antonio Attorneys and Visitors:
Recently the John H. Wood, Jr. United States Courthouse experienced a water line break that resulted in extensive damage to several areas within the courthouse. In order to ensure the safety of all who work in and visit the courthouse we retained the services of a specialist to collect and test water samples.
This private entity found that the water in some (but not all) water fountains and water faucets in the building contained unacceptable levels of lead and bacteria. These tests were shared with our landlord, the General Services Administration (GSA). GSA then contacted the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) agency. The FOH collected and tested their own samples and confirmed that some (but not all) water fountains and water faucets have unsafe levels of lead in the water. Those water fountains and faucets have now been removed from service.
Additional testing will be conducted to determine the source(s) of the problem and what, if any, actions can be taken to remedy this situation. In the interim, members of the bar may bring their own water bottles into the Courthouse. To assist the Marshal's Office with security issues, please bring only clear plastic bottles.
We will provide updated information when available.