Brown Middle School

 Amended Final Lead Testing Results for Brown Middle School

10/5/16

To the students, staff and parents of Brown Middle School,

Our apologies for this third round of communication on water testing results for Brown Middle School, but we want to share what we know when we know it! Upon further review of what should have been final results for the school, there was concern that our contractor may not have matched up all of the sample numbers with their correct fixtures. Also, there were some exterior hose bibs and other fixtures that had not been part of the initial testing. Therefore, we asked that testing be repeated in the kitchen and several classrooms, and conducted for all outlets that had not previously been tested.

We initially reported that 18 first draw samples showed lead concentrations above the EPA’s recommended action level of 20 parts per billion (ppb), and that upon testing the flush samples at these locations, 13 were below the action level and 5 were above the action level.

When the retesting was conducted, 17 additional first draw samples showed lead concentrations above the action level, for a total of 35 initially high results from the first and second rounds of testing. Upon testing the flush samples at these 17 new locations, all but 1 in the Y2 Science Room showed lead concentrations below the recommended action level, for a total of 6 outlets from the first and second rounds of testing requiring further action.

We sent Facilities staff to Brown Middle School early this morning to replace the fixtures that were newly identified in the second round of testing, and to cap the faucet in the Science Room until further investigation can be completed. The updated list of test results is below, with the 17 new results shown as bold type & underlined.

Water sources with initial results showing elevated lead levels:

  • Sink – Main office storage room – CLEAR
  • Sink – Room Y2 (3 sinks) – CLEAR
  • Sink – Room Y4 – CLEAR
  • Eye wash – Room Y2 – CLEAR
  • Sink – Room B1 – CLEAR
  • Sink – Room G7 – CLEAR
  • Shower – Girls’ locker room (2 shower heads) – 1 CLEAR, 1 REQUIRES ACTION
  • Drinking fountain – Girls’ locker room – REQUIRES ACTION
  • Sink – Gym hall, Custodial closet – CLEAR
  • Drinking fountain – Boys’ locker room – REQUIRES ACTION
  • Sink – W Hall Shop (2 sinks) – CLEAR
  • Sink – Boiler room – REQUIRES ACTION
  • Sink – Music room – CLEAR
  • Drinking fountain – Student store – REQUIRES ACTION
  • Handwash Sink at Kitchen Office – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y2, Sink 1 – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y2, Sink 2 – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y2, Sink 6 (Island Sink) Hot and Cold Faucet – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y2, Sink 6 (Island Sink ) Cold Only Faucet – REQUIRES ACTION
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 1 (Island Sink) Hot and Cold Faucet – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 1 (Island Sink) Cold Only Faucet – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 2 – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 3 – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 4 – CLEAR
  • Science Room Y4, Sink 5 – CLEAR
  • Science Room B-1, Sink 1 (Island Sink) Hot and Cold Faucet – CLEAR
  • Science Room B-1, Sink 2 (Island Sink) Cold Only Faucet – CLEAR
  • East Exterior of Cafeteria, Hose Bib in Courtyard – CLEAR
  • Room G-7, Sink 4 – CLEAR
  • West Exterior at Boy’s Locker Room, Hose Bib – CLEAR
  • West Exterior, West of Music Room, Hose Bib – CLEAR