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New Jersey Future To Release Analysis of Results of Testing for Lead in School Drinking Water

For Immediate Release
Contact: Chris Sturm  (csturmatnjfuturedotorg)  , Managing Director, Policy and Water, 609-393-0008 ext. 114

 

As School Year Starts, New Jersey Future To Release
Analysis of Test Results for Lead in School Drinking Water
Positive results found in school districts in all areas of the state,
but data incomplete.

Embargoed copy of report and data available upon request  (akopickiatnjfuturedotorg)  .

 

Aug. 29, 2017 — On Thursday, Aug. 31, New Jersey Future will release the first full compilation done at the statewide level of the results of school districts’ tests for lead in their facilities’ drinking water. The preliminary analysis shows that lead was found in drinking water in more than 300 schools in districts of all types and sizes, and in all geographic areas of the state.
The data, collected from the Department of Education, is incomplete for a variety of reasons. While all school districts were required to post the results of their testing to their websites and to inform parents and families in their district, only districts with lead-positive test results were required to submit data to the Department of Education. Hence a district’s absence in the data collected does not mean it did not test. A school district’s absence from the data also does not mean it had no lead-positive test results; several large districts, including Camden and Atlantic City, were not included in the data but have previously addressed the problem of lead in their school drinking water.

Reporters who would like an embargoed copy of the report, or to see whether their local school districts’ results are included in the data, may contact New Jersey Future Director of State Policy Allison Kopicki  (akopickiatnjfuturedotorg)  609-393-0008 ext. 118. For data not provided to New Jersey Future, reporters are urged to check their local school districts’ websites.
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About New Jersey Future
Founded in 1987, New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes sensible growth, redevelopment and infrastructure investments to foster vibrant cities and towns, protect natural lands and waterways, enhance transportation choices, provide access to safe, affordable and aging-friendly neighborhoods and fuel a strong economy. The organization does this through original research, innovative policy development, coalition-building, advocacy, and hands-on technical assistance. New Jersey Future serves as the backbone staff for the Jersey Water Works collaborative.

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