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A Message from the Superintendent…
Lead Testing in Schools
As many are aware regarding the the presence of lead in the drinking water in New Jersey, the Jefferson Township Board of Education has contracted with AGRA Environmental and Laboratory Services to test for the lead in the water in the district.
The following schools are the Jefferson Township Municipal Water Supply: Stanlick, Briggs, Milton, and White Rock. These schools have passed with lead limits below 15 ppb (parts per billion).
The High School, Middle School, Cozy Lake and the Board Office are well-water supplied.
All schools with well water are tested on a yearly basis for elevated lead levels. Both at the well, and at various locations throughout the buildings.
To date, excluding the High School, all the schools with wells on-site have passed with limits below 15 ppb.
The HS had two locations resulted in elevated levels:
· The two areas in question are a faucet in a science lab (C-7= 24.6ppb) and a faculty bathroom (D-Wing=23.6ppb*). These water sources in these locations are current not in use.
· We are in the process of replacing the two taps in question with new lead free fixtures in the event that the fixtures were causing the elevated levels.
· At the HS main supply line, the district remedy will be to use a blended phosphate chemical feed, approved by the DEP and prepared by an environmental company, which will dissolve the lead to acceptable levels.
Please note, the district has 24 months from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) approval date to install the treatment. However, we intend to accelerate this corrective action to make these improvements.
If you have questions or concerns, please contact the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Patrick Tierney at 973-663-5780. Thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.