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.
Manchester Essex Regional School District
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