The Ocean Township School District has a long standing process of randomly testing drinking water outlets for the presence of lead every school year. Beginning with the 2016-2017 school year the school district expanded the testing to all drinking water locations in every building in compliance with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4.
During the first testing cycle the district identified six locations in each building that exceeded the threshold considered safe by the US EPA. The school district immediately removed these locations from use by any students or staff and began remediation procedures that fully comply with US EPA regulations.
After completing the remediation procedures the district began a second round of testing on these locations. The second round of testing found that nine of the twelve locations were remediated appropriately and complied with US EPA regulations. These nine locations were placed back in use for students and staff. The three remaining locations that continued to exceed the threshold went through a round of advanced remediation that included the installation of filter systems.
After completing the advanced remediation the district began a third round of testing on these last three locations. The third round of testing found that all three locations were remediated appropriately and complied with US EPA regulations. These three locations were then placed back in use for students and staff.
Upon completion of the remediation procedures all sources of drinking water in the Ocean Township School District have tested in full compliance with the requirements of the US EPA and N.J.A.C 6A:26-12.4.
Copies of laboratory analytical reports for each round of testing and the school district’s Statement of Assurance can be found on this page of the website. The Ocean Township School District will continue to comply with the requirements of N.J.A.C. 6A:26-12.4, including testing drinking water outlets for lead every six (6) years.