Potable Water Sampling

April 26, 2016

In a proactive step following recent news about levels of lead in public water sources, the Newton Public Schools arranged to have water sampling be performed by RK Occupational & Environmental Analysis, Inc. Thirty samples (ten each from Merriam Avenue School, Halsted Middle School, and Newton High School) were collected before school began on March 22, 2016.

The report's cover letter stated that "Sampling results showed that levels of Copper were low, well below the Action Level.  In addition, 21 of the 30 samples had no detectible levels of Lead."  Eight other samples were found to be well below the Lead action level of 0.015mg/L.  The summary ended with the following statement, "Based on these sampling results, it is apparent that there are no concerns with the drinking water in the building(s)."

The report pointed out that, "A single sample was found to be slightly in excess of the action level of 0.015 mg/L.  However, this sample location was not from a drinking water location but from a tap on the service line in the Boiler Room at the Merriam Avenue School.  Since the tap typically is never used, this would allow line sediment to accumulate.  It is believed the sediment has caused a false reading of the actual Lead content in the service water."

For complete results, please access the sampling report here.