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Taps Turned Off At New Rochelle School After Lead Found In Water

An initial sample from a drinking fountain at the school tested above the “recommended action level” of 20 parts per billion.
An initial sample from a drinking fountain at the school tested above the “recommended action level” of 20 parts per billion. Photo Credit: nred.org

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – The faucets have been turned off at an elementary school in New Rochelle after drinking water there was found to be tainted with lead, district officials said in a recent letter to parents.

According to the letter signed by Michael Galland, principal of the George M. Davis Jr. Elementary School, the district has been conducting tests to find and eliminate the source of the lead.

But in the meanwhile, Galland told parents, the school will provide water coolers and bottled water for students and staff for the remainder of the school year.

In a previous update, the district said it had decided to test the system at Davis after hearing reports of elevated lead levels in some schools in Newark, N.J.

Galland had said that one initial sample collected from a drinking fountain tested above the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “recommended action level” of 20 parts per billion.

Subsequent tests of five other drinking fountains at Davis also found elevated lead levels, the district said.

The district said it then reached out to the Westchester County Department of Health, which is providing it with its expertise on engineering and lead.

The district’s Environmental Services Department and environmental consultants are also working with county health officials to put together procedures for regular water testing, the district said.

The district’s consultants are now concerned that flushing the water system may have spread previously isolated problems to other parts of the building, Galland said.

The school is at 80 Iselin Drive.

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