As you are aware, the issue of water quality has been a concern in our region and across the country garnering significant press coverage.

The East Rockaway Union Free School District proactively began water testing at each water fountain and sink in every building throughout the District several weeks ago for traces of lead. Initial test results District-wide indicated all drinking and potable water sources accessible to students, faculty and visitors meet the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) water quality safety standards. However, after initial testing, there was one sink located in the Rhame Elementary kitchen found to have levels slightly higher that the EPA standards. In addition, while not required, the District also tested “non-potable” water outlets District-wide. As a result of this testing, some faucets located in one of our high school science labs also demonstrated levels outside the EPA suggested limits. Following the specific remedy protocols outlined by the EPA, in areas where faucets demonstrated levels outside the EPA suggested limits, the District took immediate steps to replace the affected faucets.

As always, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority and we remain committed to maintaining the highest environmental quality in our schools.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jacqueline Scrio, our Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations, at 516-887-8300 x553.