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'Elevated Levels' Of Lead Found In 2 Cresskill Public Schools

Cresskill School District turned off water sources at two schools after finding "elevated levels" of lead in the drinking water.
Cresskill School District turned off water sources at two schools after finding "elevated levels" of lead in the drinking water. Photo Credit: Cresskill School District

CRESSKILL, N.J. – Water samples from two schools in the Cresskill school district have tested positive for “elevated levels” of lead, according to a district statement Tuesday.

Multiple tests from the Edward H. Bryan School at 51 Brookside Ave. and the Cresskill Middle School/High School at 1 Lincoln Drive came back with more lead than is deemed safe, according the district’s statement. Tests from the Merritt Memorial School on Dogwood Lane showed that building’s water to be healthy and safe, according to the statement.

The testing was ordered in April after nationwide calls for widespread water testing grew out of the ongoing water crisis in Flint, Mi., in which vast numbers of people, including children, were exposed to water tainted with lead.

The results of the local testing, performed by Suburban Testing Labs/Karl Environmental Group, were returned to the school district on Tuesday, according to district officials.

The group was said to have tested every single water source in the district’s public schools using federal Environmental Protection Agency standards.

According to Michael Burke, the district’s superintendent of schools, water at the Bryan, middle and high schools will be turned off until the problem can be resolved.

“These sources of water will not be made available again until the water has been re-tested and certified to be healthy,” Burke said in a statement. “In the meantime, in conjunction with Cresskill’s Office of Emergency Management, the district is providing bottled water and water coolers as an alternative for drinking and cooking purposes.”

Burke said officials will continue to post updates on the situation to the district’s website .

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