In the spring of 2016, NH Department of Environmental Services issued recommendations for voluntary testing of lead in drinking water at all schools and daycares. This action was in large part a result of lead toxicity to children from the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.
On February 8, 2018, Governor Sununu signed Senate Bill 247 Prevention of Childhood Lead Poisoning. This law requires, among other actions, that all schools and licensed childcare facilities test lead in drinking water at all locations where water could possibly be ingested by children.
The ConVal School District contracted with a State of New Hampshire approved water testing vendor to perform the testing in all of our schools. A total of 590 fixtures were tested according to DES protocols. Any location that was found to be outside of the acceptable levels has been labeled and clear signage has been affixed to indicate that this is not to be used for drinking water. It is important to note that the areas that have signs are not areas where students would typically drink water.
The first round of testing was required to be completed by July 1, 2019, and to be done every 5 years thereafter.
Listed below are the results of the sampling at every school that was completed in 2019.
- Antrim Elementary School
- Bennington Elementary (Pierce) School
- Dublin Consolidated School
- Francestown Elementary School
- Greenfield Elementary School
- Hancock Elementary School
- Peterborough Elementary School
- Temple Elementary School
- Great Brook Middle School
- South Meadow Middle School
- ConVal Regional High School
In accordance with SB 247, the ConVal School District will perform the second round of water testing in 2024.
If you have any questions at all regarding testing, please feel free to contact me.
Director of Facilities
603-924-3336 x2064 or firstname.lastname@example.org