SOUTH ORANGE, NJ – Lead levels that tested high in a water fountain at South Mountain Elementary School are now “back to normal,” according to South Orange Maplewood School District Business Administrator Paul Roth.

The water fountain near Room 102 was taken offline last month because it tested above normal lead levels, “registering at 15.7 ppb which is above the statutory limit of 15 ppb,” according to district officials.

“The South Mountain water fountain was just barely out of compliance, so we pulled it offline and tested it,” said Roth, noting that water sources such as sinks and fountains were tested in the entire district.

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The fountain near Room 102 and other water sources were tested for lead as part of the district’s routine testing protocol.

New filters were put on the water fountain near Room 102 and on other fountains in the district after the tests were done, Roth said.

Going forward, the district will be testing water sources in the schools every 2.5 years rather than every six years as required by the state, Roth said.

The test results may be found on the district’s website,