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Information Regarding Water Testing

10/25/2021

 

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 leadresults.vermont.gov. (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:

Schools: healthvermont.gov/school-drinking-water

Child Care Programs: healthvermont.gov/childcare-drinking-water

To learn more about lead hazards and lead poisoning prevention, visit healthvermont.gov/lead.

If you want to test your home drinking water for lead, find a list of certified drinking water labs at tinyurl.com/certified-lab.

 

Sincerely,

Joshua T. Bailey

Maintenance & Facilities Director for Williamstown Schools

 

 

Williamstown Middle High School:

 

21-IC-02971

Gym Drinking Fountain with chiller

Initial First Draw

19 ppb

 

21-IC-02991

Room 215 Sink 4

Initial First Draw

4 ppb

 

 

 

 

 

Williamstown Elementary School:

 

21-IC-02962

Room #28 Drinking Fountain w/o chiller

Initial Flush

5 ppb

 

21-IC-02954

Room #22 food Prep Sink 2

Initial Flush

10 ppb

 

 

 

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