September 17, 2020 at 5:00PM
As part of our commitment to protecting student and staff health, the District tested all drinkable water sources in our buildings on August 27, 2020. The District received the results of the lead testing yesterday and has posted the results along with a letter on the district website. Through a grant, the testing and any remediation will be funded by Women for a Healthy Environment at no cost to the District.
At this time, the District has only received the data associated with the water samples and is awaiting a full report with recommendations on remediation steps from an independent resource for lead testing and remediation. The District has identified 9 water outlets with lead levels above 20 parts per billion. These are now isolated and removed from service or limited to dish washing and hand washing.
There are no drinking water outlets above 20 PPB at the High School, Hopewell Elementary School, or Margaret Ross. There are, however, seven water outlets at Independence Elementary, one at the District Office, and one at the Junior High School that have levels above 20 PPB. Prior to testing, we believe that these water outlets were not used, or minimally used, since the closure of school on March 13, 2020.
We are committed to the safety of all of our students and staff and will follow the recommendations to remediate any water outlet with elevated lead levels. A letter with specific information including the lead levels and locations is posted on the district website.
This message is also posted on the website for reference.