LONG BRANCH: According to letters sent home to parents this past week, water has testing higher than acceptable levels of lead in some of the school district's water sources.
Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said in the letter that 450 drinking water sources were tested "in accordance with Department of Education regulations. Of that total, nine water sources in six schools were found to have more than 15 parts per billion of lead, which is the lead action level set by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Word On The Shore was able to obtain one of the letters sent home to the parent of a Long Branch High School parent which listed two sources that showed higher than acceptable standards; a first floor drinking fountain and the sewing room sink. Salvatore's letter states that both sources "were not tested within the regulations and guidelines" and were to be retested on Saturday, March 18.
Signs stating "Do Not Drink, Safe For Handwashing Only" were placed on both water sources following the testing results.
Lead enters drinking water primarily as the result of the corrosion or wearing away of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and in building plumbing such as the lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass and chrome-plated brass faucets.
Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants and children under the age of six because it can cause damage to brain and kidneys and can interfere with the production of red blood cells.
The letter states that a copy of the test results is available in the central office for inspection by the public between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
We will be trying to obtain the results of the March 18 re-test of the water sources and will post the results as soon as we get them.