MORRISTOWN, NJ - The Morris School District completed a water quality test in March of all schools within the district. Test results indicated that one water fountain at Hillcrest Elementary School showed elevated levels of lead.
The District, following Environmental Protection Agency guidelines, obtained additional samples from every water source at Hillcrest School on April 1, 2016. According to Superintendent of Schools Mackey Pendergrast, the results of those tests were received on April 10, 2016. The results indicated that of the 25 water samples taken, seventeen samples had lead levels below the maximum contaminant levels (MCL) and seven had lead levels above the MCL.
"We are beginning remediation protocols and enhancing our water sampling testing", wrote Pendergrast. "These steps will give us the information needed to ascertain if the issue is localized (water fountains) or systemic (internal pipes) and will, therefore, give us the action steps necessary to permanently fix the problem".
As a precaution, water samples from every water source, in every school will be taken, stated Pendergrast. Pendergrast expects those results to be received within a months time. "The health and safety of our students is always our highest priority", he said.