SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - An email from John J. Ramos, Sr., superintendent of the South Orange Maplewood School District (SOMSD), to the school community stated that three water sources have been closed at South Orange Middle School (SOMS) as a precaution, as no information is available regarding the water's lead content due to the samples being lost before they could be tested.

The email from Ramos is below:

Dear SOMS Community,

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We have closed off 3 water sources at SOMS as a precaution. We did not receive test results for these 3 sources, since the samples were lost in transit to the testing company. Although the sources did not test positive for lead, we would rather err on the side of caution, so have shut down these sources while we retest them. 

The other water samples at SOMS all tested below the lead action level established by the US Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water (15 µg/l [ppb]).

SOMS is being provided with bottled water for the remaining days of school.

We realize that families and staff will be concerned at the possibility of exposure to elevated lead levels, and we are working to complete the retesting as quickly as possible.  We will advise the community of the results for these three water sources as soon as they are available.


Dr. John J. Ramos, Sr.


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