****UPDATE**** The water fountain and two faucets that showed elevated lead levels were replaced during the summer break. The building's water will be retested as part of the NJ Dept of Education's new lead testing requirements during the 2016-17 school year. Results will be posted when available.
June 27, 2016
In recent months, there have been reports of lead in drinking water at several New Jersey Schools. At Whitehouse School, the drinking water is supplied by NJ American Water Company. They are responsible for monitoring water quality and reporting the results. Lead sampling within the school is not required, but in light of recent events, the Board of Education and District Administrative team decided to take a proactive approach and test for lead in the drinking water.
On May 24, 2016, McGowan Well Water Compliance Management Co., following the EPA's lead testing protocols, collected 20 samples from various locations within the Whitehouse School building. Locations included the hallway water fountains, classrooms with in-room water fountains, and sinks in the school's kitchen, nurse's office, and faculty room.
The samples were analyzed on June 3rd, 2016 by AGRA Environmental and Laboratory Services, and while all 20 samples were well below EPA's limits for lead, a hallway water fountain, and 2 sink faucets in the kitchen's dish-washing area showed elevated levels. Since receiving these results, and as a precautionary measure, the water fountain and 2 faucets have been removed from service, and will be replaced. The district is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, staff and community, and will continue to ensure quality drinking water in our schools.
Click on the links below for test results, and a water quality report from NJ American Water Co.
If you have further questions, please contact Facilities Manager Donald Race at (908-534-2859)