• MA Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water - Fall 2016

  • November 21, 2016


    To All MERSD Families:


    In accordance with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP’s) Drinking Water Program, the drinking water at each Manchester Essex Regional School District (MERSD) facility is tested for lead and copper levels twice per year by each town’s respective water department. These tests have indicated that MERSD’s drinking water falls well within the limits recommended by the DEP.  


    Our facilities department recently had an opportunity to conduct more extensive water testing in all three schools in conjunction with, and funded by the DEP’s Assistance Program for Lead in School Drinking Water. Whereas the semiannual tests performed by each town’s water departments survey a representative sampling of taps, the new optional DEP program offers a complete evaluation of every water tap and fountain in every school at no cost to our district.  Keeping the safety of our students in mind, we were eager to take advantage of this beneficial, voluntary program. 


    The complete set of official test results is attached. The Middle High School, a newer facility, tested completely within the state action limits of > .015mg/L for Lead and > 1.3mg/L for copper.  Essex Elementary and Memorial Elementary each had just two locations that tested above the action level as noted below.  All other test results at these facilities, including all water fountains, were below the state action limits.


    Essex:                       Kitchen Steam Kettle:  .094mg/L LEAD

                                    Girls Locker Room Sink:  1.71mg/L COPPER


    Memorial:                  Kitchen Steam Kettle:  .062mg/L LEAD

                                    Room 27 Faucet:  0.713mg/L LEAD

                                    Room27 Faucet Bubbler (out of service) 0.936 mg/L LEAD


    The affected locations are not used for consumption, but have been taken out of service as a precaution, with the exception of the girl’s locker room sink at Essex, where, in accordance with state regulations, a “hand washing only” signage has been installed at the sink.  


    These results, together with those of all other schools participating in the DEP’s new program, will be published at: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/lead-and-copper-in-school-drinking-water-sampling-results.html.  Until then, we wanted to make sure that our community had complete access to this important information, which can be found on the MERSD web site as follows:




    If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. 






    Jay Pagliarulo

    Facilities Manager

    Manchester Essex Regional School District

    Email:  pagliaruloj@mersd.org

    Work: 978-526-2055 x3115



    CC:           Patricia Puglisi, MERHS Principal

                    Joanne Maino, MERMS Principal

                    Jennifer Roberts, Essex Elementary Principal

                    John Wills, Memorial Elementary Principal

                    Avi Urbas, Director of Finance & Operations

                    Pam Beaudoin, Superintendent of Schools