Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Trustees OK Water Tests at Schools

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Trustees OK Water Tests at Schools

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FRANKLIN LAKES -- The K-8 school district is testing water supplied to its three elementary schools and middle school for lead and copper, after taking note of water contamination issues in the state and nationwide.

Schools Superintendent Dr. Lydia Furnari said no problems are indicated or expected, but that the lead crises affecting Newark's public schools and Flint, Mich., have "put everybody on alert that it's something we should pay attention to."

Furnari said late last month that the district's elementary and middle schools have filtered water dispensers donated by the Parent Teacher Association. She said many students bring in and fill water bottles from them, while some students use water fountains.

Both lead and copper leach into water from lead solder, lead and copper pipes and pipe fittings, corrosion and high water acidity. …

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