Water Quality Update

Keeping our students safe is our number one priority. That’s why the School District recently tested every single water source in schools and office buildings to see if there are potentially unhealthy levels of lead in the water. All testing was completed in compliance with state regulations. A state-certified laboratory reviewed and verified all results. Out of a review of approximately 1,400 water sources across all district buildings, two sources used for drinking came back with elevated levels: one at ECDC, and one at Dudley.

At some schools, sinks used for washing hands or sinks in science labs came back with elevated levels, but exposure to lead in those forms is not considered dangerous. All sink outlets used for washing hands have signage indicating that they should not be used for drinking. The list of outlets with elevated levels at your school is below.

Lead can enter people's bodies in the food they eat, the air they breathe, and the water they drink. A person is exposed to lead whenever it enters their body—not by skin contact, like from washing hands. Too much lead in the human body can cause serious damage to the brain, nervous system, and red blood cells. Pregnant women and young children are at the greatest risk even when their exposure is to low levels of lead for short periods of time. Young children between the ages of six months and six years are more likely to suffer health problems from lead exposure. 

The District is offering free, optional lead testing to eligible ECDC and Dudley students, if they would like their children to participate. Families with students at other schools may consult with a doctor if further assistance is needed. 

The School District’s full results are available here or can be reviewed on the 8th floor of the administration building at 1033 Cambridge Street. For questions specific to our School District, call the Solutions Center at 856-966-2507. You can also learn more about this general topic by calling the Safe Drinking Water Hotline toll-free at 800-426-4791, or by reviewing the New Jersey Department of Health website

Moving forward, the District is fully committed addressing this issue and will continue to provide water coolers in all District schools and office buildings. There is no higher priority than our students’ safety. 

 

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