Lead Testing Information

posted May 3, 2017, 2:22 PM by Jorge Diaz   [ updated Sep 12, 2017, 5:58 PM ]

Lead Testing in Schools:  All Call Phone Message sent to all parents on 5/3/17 @ 6:00 p.m.

As you may know, in July of 2016, the New Jersey Board of Education adopted mandatory regulations regarding testing for lead content in drinking water in all public schools throughout the state.  Lead can cause serious health problems if too much enters the body from drinking water and other sources.

On April 15, 2017, the South Amboy School District tested all drinking water and outlets supplying water for use in food preparation at both schools and our administration building. Testing was completed in 46 outlets district-wide following stringent state guidelines. The results of the 46 tests indicated that two outlets at the Middle/High School showed lead at levels higher than the 15 ppb (parts per billion) threshold mandated by the state:

The two outlets are:

  1. A steamer located in the Kitchen

  2. An outlet in the Teacher’s Lounge

Please be advised that after reviewing the results with the cafeteria staff, we were informed that the steamer has not been used for food service preparation in over two years, which may explain the higher results from this outlet.  

Yesterday, immediately upon receiving the results, the district closed both of the outlets that showed levels higher than 15 ppb.  

The next steps are for our contracted vendor to take confirmatory flush samples at each of these outlets. If the fixtures are identified to contain lead or lead parts, we will replace the part or plumbing. While we continue with the sampling process, we will ensure that no one uses these outlets until the problem has been fixed.

More information regarding the results of all of our water testing is available on our website at (www.sapublicschools.com) and at the school district’s administrative office, which is open Monday to Friday from (8:00 am to 3:30 pm).

Thank you.
Jorge Diaz,
May 3, 2017, 2:23 PM
Jorge Diaz,
May 3, 2017, 2:22 PM