Letter to the school community from Dr. John Brackett:
This is a follow up to yesterday’s email about the test results associated with our voluntary sampling for the presence of lead in the water in our schools. The results of all samples have now been received. Nearly 300 samples from sinks and fountains throughout the district were submitted for testing to the Mass Water Resources Authority. These were ‘1st draw’ samples, meaning they were taken without letting the water run for a period of time, providing a worse-case scenario. The results are as follows:
Four (4) samples above the level, I shared with you yesterday:
The final two (2) samples above the level are:
What steps have we taken?.--We have turned off the water to the 6 sinks and placed an out-of-service sign on each.
--We will begin replacing the fixtures and bubblers in the six locations. Once new fixtures are installed, we will again test the water using a !st draw sample. The unit will remain out-of-service until the test results are returned.
--If the new results are below the Action Level, we will return the unit to active use.
As I previously mentioned, we will accept nothing less than a 100% of the drinking water that our students and staff have access being below the Action Level. Mitigating six (6) units throughout all of our schools is doable within our existing operating budget and with our staff.
Thank you for your understanding and patience,
Copper and Lead results for the schools are listed below.