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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."

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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