September 12, 2016
The recent crisis in Flint Michigan contributed to parents everywhere wondering if the water their children are drinking is safe. After several districts in New Jersey discovered that some schools had high levels of lead in the drinking water; the New Jersey legislature began the process of passing laws to address this concern. Recognizing the urgency of the concern, we began to test all drinking water immediately, before any of the state regulations were completed.
I am happy to report that after testing 120 drinking points; only twelve drinking points (two sinks and 10 fountains) were found to be elevated over 15ppb. All appliances have either been replaced or when appropriate a filter was attached. Each appliance will be retested and when found to be safe, reactivated.
On July 13, 2016, the Department of Education released the regulations for the testing of drinking water in public schools. As per state regulations, the protocol followed by the district and all the results will be submitted to the state for its approval. As per those regulations the following will occur:
1. The testing results and protocol will be posted on the district web site.
2. The parents of the impacted buildings will receive a letter indicating the specific drinking points impacted and the remediation implemented by the district.
For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/lead or call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD.If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office.
John J. Marciante Jr. Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools