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Information Regarding Water Testing



Dear Parents, Guardians and Staff:


The State of Vermont passed a new law in 2019 that requires all schools and child care providers to test their drinking water for lead. Samples of water from every tap at Williamstown Schools (WES & WMHS) that is expected to be used for drinking or cooking were collected and sent to the Vermont Department of Health Laboratory for analysis. We take our responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for the children and staff seriously. Lead exposure poses a special risk to children because they absorb lead into their systems more easily than adults do. Lead can slow down growth, impair development and learning, and can cause behavior problems. While the major source of lead poisoning in Vermont children is paint, lead in plumbing pipes and fixtures can add to a person’s overall exposure. Drinking water in schools and homes may contain lead from old pipes, plumbing fixtures (such as fountains and faucets), or the solder that joins pipe sections together.

The results of testing for Williamstown Schools identified that one or more of the taps had a lead level AT OR ABOVE the 4 parts per billion (ppb) action level. The results are listed in the table at the end of this letter. Any tap that tested at or above 4 ppb was immediately taken out of service. We are working on fixes to permanently lower levels of lead in the water at all school sites.



More Information

For questions about the water testing process, or about the law and its requirements, please call the Lead in School and Child Care Drinking Water Program at 802-863-7220 or 800-439-8550 (toll-free in Vermont).

You can view school and child care results, remediation and any follow-up testing at (NOTE: If your child’s preschool or after school program is located at a school, the results will be listed under the school’s name.) For more information visit:


Child Care Programs:

To learn more about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention, visit

If you want to test your home drinking water for lead, find a list of certified drinking water labs at



Joshua T. Bailey

Maintenance & Facilities Director for Williamstown Schools



Williamstown Middle High School:



Gym Drinking Fountain with chiller

Initial First Draw

19 ppb



Room 215 Sink 4

Initial First Draw

4 ppb






Williamstown Elementary School:



Room #28 Drinking Fountain w/o chiller

Initial Flush

5 ppb



Room #22 food Prep Sink 2

Initial Flush

10 ppb




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