In an effort to remain proactive regarding water quality in Northville Public Schools, the district has contracted with the environmental health and safety consulting firm Arch Environmental Group (AEG) to conduct a comprehensive water quality testing at all potable drinking water locations throughout all of our school buildings . The purpose of this communication is share the testing protocol, results and action plans with our school families, staff and community.
Dear School Families, Staff and Community Members,
In an effort to be proactive regarding water quality in Northville Public Schools, the school district recently contracted with the environmental health and safety consulting firm Arch Environmental Group (AEG) to conduct water quality testing in all of our school buildings. The purpose of this communication is share the testing protocol and results with our school families, staff and community. Below is the complete Drinking Water Sampling Report, along with a PowerPoint summary of the findings. Both were reviewed by the Board of Education at its Tuesday, March 22, 2016 meeting.
On February 27, 2016, and February 29, 2016, AEG took a total of 41 water samples from across the school district’s 11 buildings. The samples were then submitted to an independent lab (Brighton Analytical LLC) for testing.
I am pleased to share that all of the samples taken from building drinking fountains, classrooms, workrooms, and kitchens showed lead levels below the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) threshold. However, two samples taken from spigots in the boiler rooms at Winchester Elementary School and Meads Mill School showed lead levels above the EPA recommended threshold. While this is concerning, it is important to note that these spigots are service connections used by our maintenance staff to clean and maintain the boiler room floors and equipment and are not sources for drinking, food preparation or other school or classroom water needs. In addition, follow up testing by AEG showed that the higher lead levels identified in the Winchester and Meads Mill boiler room spigots are “localized and limited to non-consumptive outlets.”
With the health and safety of our school communities in mind and in consultation with experts at AEG, both of these spigots have been temporarily tapped and “Not Potable Water” signs have been placed at the service location sites. In addition, the spigot service piping in the Winchester boiler room is slated to be replaced over Spring Break. Since a second service connection spigot was recently installed in the Meads Mill boiler room, the spigot that showed higher lead levels will be permanently tapped. Once these repairs have been made, follow up testing will be done in both boiler rooms to confirm lead levels are reduced to at or below the EPA threshold.
We hope you find this information reassuring as we strive to provide safe and healthy learning environments where our students and staff can flourish and grow. As always, I thank you for your continued support of Northville Public Schools.
Mary K. Gallagher