The South Orange-Maplewood School District, which tests its water periodically, is arranging for current testing of water in all district schools in light of recent news from Newark schools, said a SOMSD spokeswoman.
Elevated levels of lead caused officials in the Newark Public Schools district to shut off water fountains at 30 school buildings on Wednesday until more testing can be conducted. The Newark district tests water annually.
According to the Associated Press, the Newark district informed the New Jersey State Department of Environmental Protection on Monday that annual testing found concentrations ranging from undetected to above the department’s action level for lead (15 parts per billion).
Read the full Associated Press report here.
The SOMSD spokeswoman did not say when the district had last tested water.
Village Green will update this story when the South Orange-Maplewood School District releases more information on when current water testing will take place.
Read about South Orange’s municipal water safety issues here.