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Brick School Water Report to be Examined

Report came in Thursday, district officials say

A report on the quality of the drinking water in five Brick Township schools came in Thursday and will be examined to determine what type of action should be taken.

The district was notified in December by an environmental testing contractor that the lead levels at five schools exceeded regulations. Preliminary findings did not suggest an immediate health hazard to the building occupants, however, the district said at the time.

The schools affected are: Drum Point Elementary School; Brick Township High School; Emma Havens Young Elementary School; Lake Riviera Middle School; Osbornville Elementary School.

Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said a report on more in-depth testing performed at the schools over the Christmas break came in Thursday and will be examined by experts to determine what should be done to remediate the water systems.

Uszenski said now that the highly-technical reports are in, school officials will meet with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Ocean County Health Department and the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority.

"We want the experts to come out and all sit together in a room with us so the board can make the right decisions," said Uszenski.

In the mean time, drinking water will continue to be supplied to students through water coolers placed in each of the five schools. Purell hand sanitizer has also been given to students in those schools.

Uszenski said water supplies have remained adequate, and students can obtain water from the water coolers when they need it.

Some parents became concerned, he said, when a group of students sold bottled water as a charitable fundraiser. The parents presumably thought the schools were charging for water, which was not true.

"We have the water in place, and we are giving out plenty of water," said Uszenski. "We have been on top of it, and at no time did we ever put anyone in harm's way."

Hope Van Sickle February 01, 2013 at 12:26 PM
I hope they do have this taken care if soon. How about finding out why there is no soap or toilet paper in the bathrooms at BTHS? The High School is a maintenance nightmare.. what is going on over there? I am embarrassed for my daughters that simple cleaning tasks are ignored in the girls gym bathrooms. Imagine how embarrassed they are when a visiting team comes into that disgrace. We need to stand up and say do something!! Or find new janitors that will!!
Denise S February 01, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Really? So why is it there are no longer bottled water being handed out? According my nieghbors children as well as my own its not so readily available
Bunnie DeLancey February 01, 2013 at 12:45 PM
When my kids went to school in Brick, I never let them drink the tap water...and they ALWAYS carried hand sanitizer!
why no H2O February 01, 2013 at 02:16 PM
I cant understand how they can run the school with out safe water...? What are we paying for ? that school is falling apart unsafe for our Children & NO running water.... How do you answer making 180,000$ or more & have the kids in this SHAME ON ALL of you!!
lol February 01, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Yes water coolers were supplied but are not being properly replenished with water and cups ! Have seen this at Lake Riv and the high school. This is just another problem added to the long list of things that need to fixed.
J Shanahan February 01, 2013 at 03:14 PM
Sorry - but too late not to put anyone in harms way ....our kids have been drinking this water for years !! Starting in Osbornville..then Lake Riv and now BTHS....Parents - maybe we should have our children tested to see the levels in their body!
Stacy February 01, 2013 at 04:28 PM
The water is apparently on in the bathrooms. My son goes to Osbornville and has seen boys cupping their hands and drinking out of the faucets. Ever since all this started he has been coming home with filthy hands. Hand santizers are "available" but the kids aren't readily using them or do not have full access. If you send your child to school with their own it is sent back.
J February 01, 2013 at 04:54 PM
It's flu season. Hand sanitizer doesn't kill every thing. Gross...
kate February 01, 2013 at 05:47 PM
They may be supplying water, but its a big problem to not have water available for students and staff to wash their hands. Hand sanitizer is only effective if you use enough and you rub all parts of your hands with it....seriously what 1st grader is doing that? The amount of germs in an elementary school is unreal, and children are having to eat lunch without washing their hands. Sickening...literally.
Anonymous February 01, 2013 at 07:36 PM
There is no possible way the water supply is adequate. The water runs out first or second block and is not refilled for days. What we need is the parents to speak up. You are the tax payers! They will not listen to students! The selling of lower priced water was the most beneficial way of supplying the students with hydration. It should be brought back. It's 50cents and run by the student government. They are trying to get things done, but cannot with the backlash they receive!
kate February 01, 2013 at 07:51 PM
My son goes to Drum Point. They are allowed to bring water bottles and the teachers have a case of water with cups to give kids. I'm not worried about the drinks, but little kids who can't wash their hands all day is a huge problem. Ask any nurse or Dr, how diseases and infections are spread among young kids....these kids are touching all kinds of stuff, doing work, using pencils, glue, going to gym and playing with the gym equipment, going to the bathroom, and then they have to hold their pb&j at lunch without having washed their hands??? This issue is going to cause a lot of kids to get sick who wouldn't otherwise if everyone was able to wash their hands a few times a day.
AJ February 01, 2013 at 08:29 PM
Hope You don't need new janitors,you need more.In that school in the 1980's there was 22 janitors and building service workers.Now there are 13 janitors and no building service workers.If you calculate the building,it is open at 5:30 am and closes at 11:00 pm,with thousands of people there day and night,I would say they are doing over and above.
Bob Short February 01, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Anyone seen the Movie - Erin Brockovich , remember the scene. when she swapped the "tainted water glass" - no harm - no foul. In all honesty, That's discusting, the school should be closed, let the Board of Health + EPA review it.
Jim February 02, 2013 at 01:21 AM
More evidence that public education is a waste of money.
lol February 02, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Just to clear some things up...there is "running" water in the schools. No public building would be allowed to stay open if the toilets wouldnt flush or hands could not be washed.
Anonymous February 02, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Come check the schools and see how poor they are. Even if you can wash your hands, it would be with contaminated water and no soap.
kate February 02, 2013 at 12:04 PM
Toilets flush. Sinks and water fountains are taped off and children were told not to use.
shorecorruption February 02, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Brass & chrome fixtures leach the most lead.So when were they changed?
fedup February 06, 2013 at 03:19 PM
"We want the experts to come out and all sit together in a room with us so the board can make the right decisions," said Uszenski. Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said a report on more in-depth testing performed at the schools over the Christmas break came in Thursday and will be examined by experts to determine what should be done to remediate the water systems. Uszenski said now that the highly-technical reports are in, school officials will meet with the state Department of Environmental Protection, the Ocean County Health Department and the Brick Township Municipal Utilities Authority. This is all bs ! Water was reconnected to the sinks at Emma Haven Young last week ,so yes children are now ( again) washing there hands with water from the school. Superintendent Dr. Walter Uszenski said a report on more in-depth testing performed at the schools over the Christmas break came in Thursday and will be examined by experts to determine what should be done to remediate the water systems. These people are playing a dangerous game with the long lasting affects of lead in our children's body's. Lead affects elementary age children the most. If this was a local business in Brick they would have shut them down ,plus major fines for them knowingly let the public use contaminated water !
fedup February 06, 2013 at 03:28 PM
Lead is highly toxic, especially to young children. It can harm a child's brain, kid- neys, bone marrow, and other body sys- tems. At high levels, lead can cause coma, convulsions, and death. The National Academy of Sciences has reported that comparatively low levels of lead exposure are harmful. Levels as low as 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood (μg/dL) in infants, children, and pregnant women are associated with impaired cognitive function, behavior difficulties, fetal organ develop- ment, and other problems.1 In addition, low levels of lead in children's blood can cause reduced intelligence, impaired hearing and reduced stature.2 Lead toxicity has been well-established, with evidence of harmful effects found in children whose blood lead levels exceed 10 μg/dL.3,4

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