SOUTH ORANGE and MAPLEWOOD, NJ - John Ramos, superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), has issued an update via email regarding testing the water for lead at three elementary schools: Jefferson, Marshall and Tuscan.

Ramos stated, "All results were significantly below the levels allowed by State and Federal regulations."

Results from water testing at the other SOMSD schools are expected soon, Ramos stated.

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Below is the full email from Superintendent Ramos:

SOMSD Community,

SOMSD has been testing district water sources for lead as a precautionary measure, in light of high levels of lead recently found in drinking water in neighboring towns. 

We are testing all drinking water sources, including water fountains, food prep areas, ice machines, and nurse’s rooms. This is a lengthy process because of the timing of the sample collection and the multi-day process at the lab.  



We received the first results – for Jefferson School, Marshall School, and Tuscan School.  All results were significantly below the levels allowed by State and Federal regulations.

We will keep the community informed as the results come in for our other schools, which we expect to receive over the next week.

John J. Ramos, Sr., Ed.D.
Superintendent