NEW BRUNSWICK,NJ - High levels of lead were found in 29 water faucets and other outlets located in four city schools, according to water test results that the school district released recently.
Schools Superintendent Aubrey Johnson said water samples were taken from 335 faucets, sinks and ice makers and other outlets were tested and the majority showed lead levels below the permitted limit of 15 parts-per-billion.
There were 15 outlets in the Paul Robeson Community School for the Arts that had high contamination levels, including seven that had more than 100 ppb of lead. That included one outlet with 1110 ppb, another with 483 ppd, and a third with 288 ppb.
Paul Robeson Community School reopened this month after being closed for two years for a major renovation and expansion.
The other three school with outlets that tested high were the McKinley School with 10 locations exceeding the limit, the Middle School with three locations, and High School with one location.
In a letter posted on the district website, Johnson said 17 of outlets with high test results were retested and the issued resolved. He said high levels at 12 outlets could not be resolved and those 12 locations were taken out of service.
Overall, Johnson called the results "extremely favorable."
"As a reminder, children are far more likely to come in contact with lead at home than at their school," the superintendent said in the statement.
Typically lead gets into drinking water from the service lines, plumbing and fixtures that contain lead, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.
Lead is associated with adverse health impacts even at low levels, particularly in infants and children, the DEP states on its website.