Editor’s Note: Last month, the Framingham Public Schools reported levels of lead in the drinking water at two elementary schools.
The following is a press release from the Framingham Public Schools.
FOLLOW-UP TO ACCELERATE TIMETABLE FOR DEP WATER TESTING COMPLIANCE
As a follow-up to our letter sent out on October 26, 2016, based on most recent testing results for lead in drinking water from samples taken November 5, 2016 on remaining Schools in the District, we are pleased to report that all were below the reportable levels.
We will continue with our flushing program of every school being flushed daily in several locations, sampling the water at each school throughout the district over the course of the school year, and maintaining a flushing log on site at every school and keep it updated daily.
In addition to our flushing program, these are steps we have set forth for compliance:
1. We have developed a sampling plan to conduct testing at all outlets (faucets, water fountains, etc.) in every school where students and staff get water for drinking, beverage preparation and cooking.
2. We have a flushing and water usage plan to safeguard against lead exposure from drinking water in the school at any outlets that are found to be above the MassDEP Action Level for lead. This would include the daily flushing of water fountains and/or faucets at sinks and the limitation of water consumption to cold-water faucets for food and beverage preparation.
3. We will continue to work closely with the Framingham Health Department and Water Department to ensure that our plan meets their standards and expectations.
4. We will continue our ongoing public information process that will include distribution of outreach material to all students, parents, teachers, staff and local officials and provide that information on the School District website.
Through periodic reports, we will keep you informed as to the progress of our efforts. These reports will serve to let you know what has been done and what is being done to safeguard against lead exposure from drinking water at our schools.