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Lead Update from South Orange Maplewood School District: 'Additional Units Cleared for Use'

Water fountain in South Orange Middle School Credits: File photo - 2017

MAPLEWOOD AND SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The following update was sent via email to the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD) community on Sunday:

Dear SOMSD Community,

As you know, state mandated testing this past May found elevated lead levels in 9 district plumbing fixtures which provide water for drinking or food preparation.  In an effort to ensure the safety of our children, SOMSD went over and above state requirements by filtering and/or replacing all water fixtures across the district and not just remediating the original 9 systems that failed testing.

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On October 1, 2017, SOMSD tested additional plumbing fixtures for lead. This included fixtures for which testing results had not been returned in the prior round of testing, fixtures which had failed previous testing, and fixtures for which repairs or remediation had only recently been completed.

We received the results of this testing on Friday, October 13, 2017. 

Over the weekend, the facilities department uncovered and turned on water for the additional units that have been confirmed safe, and these units will be available for use beginning tomorrow.  All schools now have enough safe drinking water sources, so bottled water will no longer be provided.

There are 21 plumbing fixtures which still are in the process of repair, remediation, or waiting for test results.  These fixtures will remain offline until they are cleared as functional and safe to use. Building staff are checking these units daily to ensure that they remain covered and unused.  

Testing results will be posted on the District website, and the list of units still offline is below.

We will continue to update you as we work to ensure that all plumbing fixtures which can provide water for drinking or food preparation are functioning properly and safe for use.

South Orange Maplewood School District

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Plumbing Fixtures Still Offline

The following 21 systems are still in the process of being repaired or remediated, or await testing results confirming they are safe to use:

School

Location

CHS

Nurses Bathroom

CHS

C229 Hall

CHS

C109 Hall

CHS

B338 Hall

CHS

A334

CHS

B134 Hall

Underhill

Old Field House

Seth Boyden

RM 203 Hall

Seth Boyden

RM 206 Hall

Seth Boyden

RM 209 Hall

Seth Boyden

RM 209 Hall

Tuscan

RM 132 Hall #7

Tuscan

RM 132 Hall #8

   

SOMS

JC 29 left

SOMS

JC 29 right

SOMS

boys locker room

SOMS

girls locker room

   

SM Annex

RM 103 Classroom

South Mountain

RM 102 Sink

Jefferson

RM 112 Hall

Jefferson

Tech Hall 3rd Floor

NOTE:  There are two ways in which a fixture can be termed off line. One is the water at the fixture in question is shut off by a valve at the unit. The other is when a fixture has no shut off valves and has to be covered, since shutting the water source for that fixture would result in shutting off all water for entire sections of the building including restrooms.

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