The health and welfare of our students and staff is of paramount importance in the Piscataway Township Schools. As a result, the District responded quickly to the recent media reports of elevated lead levels in drinking water in schools throughout the country by initiating its own testing procedures.
The District contracted with an environmental engineer, Stantec Consulting Services (“Stantec”), to conduct tests on water samples from each of our 12 school buildings. Stantec obtained samples from drinking water and water faucet locations in each of the twelve buildings. The tests revealed that Knollwood Elementary School had one water sample with lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) Methodology 200.8 guidelines. All of the other school buildings were in compliance with the EPA guidelines.
Based on the results of the first test, the District hired Stantec to test all of the drinking water and water faucet outlets at Knollwood Elementary School. Stantec obtained 54 samples from Knollwood Elementary School and identified three locations in the original section of the building that exceeded the EPA guidelines.
In consultation with Stantec, the District has installed charcoal filtration units at all of the drinking water stations in the original section of Knollwood Elementary School. The charcoal filtration units are NSF certified to provide drinking water that is in compliance with the EPA guidelines. Replacement of the charcoal filters will be certified annually. In addition, the District will conduct a follow-up test of water samples at all school buildings in the second half of 2016 and annually thereafter.
I would like to thank all of the parents and guardians for your support as the Piscataway Township Schools works diligently to provide a safe school environment for the children of Piscataway. If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact your school nurse.
Teresa M. Rafferty
Superintendent of Schools