Lead Testing

Our school system is committed to protecting student, teacher, and staff health. To protect our community, South Amboy School District has been conducting testing of our schools’ drinking water for lead.

Why Test School Drinking Water for Lead?

High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years old. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage.

To protect public health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that schools and day care facilities test their drinking water for lead. If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb), EPA recommends taking action to reduce the lead.

Is Our School’s Drinking Water Safe?

Yes, our schools’ water is safe. South Amboy School District performed testing of our schools’ drinking water for lead in 2017. We tested 46 outlets at two school facilities and at our administrative offices. The district will conduct lead testing every three years.

How Can I Learn More?

You can see a copy of all of our water testing results at the school district’s administrative office, which is open Monday to Friday from (8:00 am to 3:00 pm) and on our website at (www.sapublicschools.com). For more information about water quality in our schools, please contact at Tom Bikowski, Facilities Supervisor at (732) 316-7669 x 3224. For information about water quality and sampling for lead at home, contact your local water supplier or state drinking water agency.

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