June 9, 2022
Dear Parents & Staff:
As you may be aware, as required by law, districtwide sampling of the water in all seven schools and the Board of Education offices took place on Saturday, May 7, 2022. Results of the testing were received today and have been posted on the district website (see below).
The water sampling procedure was carried out by EMSL Analytical, Inc. in accordance with the technical guidance that was provided by the State of New Jersey. All drinking water and food preparation outlets were tested. All of the samples in Cedar Hill, Hilldale, Valley View, William Mason, Woodmont, Robert R. Lazar Middle School, Montville Township High School, and the Board of Education Offices tested below the lead action level established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for lead in drinking water (15 µg/l [ppb]).
Health Effects of Lead
High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years of age. It can cause damage to the brain and kidneys, and can interfere with the production of red blood cells that carry oxygen to all parts of your body. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children, lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage. Adults with kidney problems and high blood pressure can be affected by low levels of lead more than healthy adults.
How Lead Enters our Water
Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like groundwater, rivers and lakes. Lead enters drinking water primarily as a result of the corrosion, or wearing away, of materials containing lead in the water distribution system and in building plumbing. These materials include lead-based solder used to join copper pipe, brass, and chrome-plated brass faucets. In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead, and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes and other plumbing materials. However, even the lead in plumbing materials meeting these new requirements is subject to corrosion. When water stands in lead pipes or plumbing systems containing lead for several hours or more, the lead may dissolve into the drinking water. This means the first water drawn from the tap in the morning may contain fairly high levels of lead.
Lead in Drinking Water
Lead in drinking water, although rarely the sole cause of lead poisoning can significantly increase a person's total lead exposure, particularly the exposure of children under the age of 6. EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20% or more of a person's total exposure to lead.
For More Information
A copy of the test results is available in our central office at each school for inspection by the public, including students, teachers, other school personnel, and parents, and can be viewed between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. The results are also available on our website at www.montville.net. For more information about water quality in our schools, contact Mr. Steven Toth, Facilities Manager at 973-331-7100 ext. 2232.
For more information on reducing lead exposure around your home and the health effects of lead, visit EPA's Web site at www.epa.gov/lead, call the National Lead Information Center at 800-424-LEAD, or contact your health care provider.
If you are concerned about lead exposure at our school facilities or in your home, you may want to ask your health care providers about testing children to determine levels of lead in their blood.
René T. Rovtar, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools