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Mamaroneck School District Identifies High Lead Levels In Drinking Water

Dr. Robert Shaps is the superintendent of Mamaroneck schools.
Dr. Robert Shaps is the superintendent of Mamaroneck schools. Photo Credit: Brian Donnelly

MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Mamaroneck Union Free School District, in a letter to parents, announced independent water tests found four water fountains and three sinks have elevated levels of lead.

During the summer, Mamaroneck schools conducted “first draw” lead testing of 339 water sources -- including sinks and drinking fountains -- and found 46 water sources with elevated lead levels. A total of 29 water foundations remain shut down districtwide, school officials said on Wednesday.

"We immediately removed from service bubblers, water coolers, bottle fillers and fountains that exceeded safe levels, and sinks having elevated levels were labeled for handwashing only," Mamaroneck Superintendent Robert Shaps said in a letter. "We then began further, secondround 'flush draw' testing to try to determine the root of the problem."

Shaps said state law passed on Sept. 6 required Mamaroneck to test an additional 481 water sources (for a total of 820 samplings).

"We are still waiting for second-round results to come back on these additional sources tested," Shaps said on Monday. "We are working on formulating a permanent plan to ensure safe drinking water throughout all of our schools and replace the fixtures that exceed allowable lead levels. In the meantime, we have several hundred water fixtures across the District that have tested negative and are dispensing ample drinking water for our students and staff."

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