District Retests Water, Lead Levels Down Following Filter Installations

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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The results of water re-testing at three buildings in the district have been released, and the district is reporting that filters installed have remediated lead issues in the drinking water.

In April, the district contracted with Strategic Environmental to test the water for lead in all 11 schools and the Wade Administration Building. Testing found that the water sources at John F. Kennedy Primary School and the Wade building had elevated levels of lead.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 15 parts per billion is the action level for lead in drinking water. In the first testing, John F. Kennedy Primary was found to have 20 parts per billion, and the Wade building was found to have 145 parts per billion.

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The district immediately turned off the water at the two buildings, and began providing bottled water for students at John F. Kennedy Primary.

From there, the district installed water filters at both buildings, as well as at Bradley Gardens Primary School because its lead levels were high, but not above the action level.

Retesting of the water found that John F. Kennedy is now registering .874 parts per billion of lead, while both the Wade Administration Building and Bradley Gardens Primary are showing no lead detected.

The water at John F. Kennedy Primary is being turned back on as of June 9.

Full results are available at brrsd.k12.nj.us.

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