• WATER TESTING CONDUCTED IN CB SCHOOLS

    Superintendent of Schools Dr. John J. Kopicki updated the board and public on the status of the water testing that was conducted in the district over the summer during the August 27, 2019 meeting of the CBSD Board of School Directors. This testing was completed in accordance with Pennsylvania School Code and amendments made to Act 39, which permits school districts in the state of Pennsylvania to test drinking water for lead. The district took a proactive approach to this testing, and elected to test all 1,050 consumptive sources in the district (a consumptive source is any location at which students or staff access drinking water).

    The district's engineering consultant released initial test results in late July, reporting that 16 of the 1,050 tested water sources were shown to contain levels of lead that exceed the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 micrograms per liter (15 µg/L). These 16 sites were spread among the following nine schools: Buckingham Elementary, Cold Spring Elementary, Groveland Elementary, Kutz Elementary, Lenape Middle School, Tohickon Middle School, Unami Middle School, Central Bucks East High School, and Central West High School. (The initial testing results may be found, listed by school, below.)

    The district has been working in concert with experts including CBSD's own environmental and safety coordinator, local resources, and the Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute to organize the district's remediation and response procedures.

    The district assigned priority to those sources with a lead level that exceeded EPA standards, but ultimately decided to remediate any water source that tested above 5 µg/L, believing this to be in the best interest of students and staff. An action plan was developed that included several steps:

    1. Remediate water sources through the replacement or removal of the water fixture.
    2. Remove “bubblers,” or water fountains affixed to classroom sinks.
    3. Remove unnecessary sinks from service.
    4. Ensure that students only access drinking water at filtered water bottle filling stations.
    5. Conduct follow up testing to ensure that the remediation was successful.

    Follow up test results have been conveyed to the district, and Dr. Kopicki reported that all consumptive water locations that were tested above 15 µg/L have been successfully remediated and re-testing results show that lead levels are now below 15 µg/L, with the exception of one location at Lenape Middle School, and a number of locations at Buckingham Elementary School. The complete results of this follow-up testing may be downloaded here. Results of follow-up testing may also be found, listed by school, at right.

    Based on the results of the resampling, the following steps will be taken:

    Lenape Middle School

    • The site is an underutilized sink that will be removed from service.

    Buckingham Elementary

    • Closing ALL consumptive fixtures
    • Physical removal of ALL “bubblers”
    • Add an additional water bottle filling station
    • Provide bottled water for consumptive purposes
    • Install a neutralizing system to treat the water entering the building.

    District-wide, students will access drinking water at water bottle filling stations, or at water fountains that have been tested as containing less than 5 µg/L of lead. Over the course of the school year, the district will also replace all remaining water fountains with filtered water bottle filling stations, and change filters twice per year regardless of use.

    "We will test every year, every consumptive site in the district moving forward. We’re committed to that, and the Board has been heavily involved and supportive, and they’re committed to that as well." Dr. Kopicki explained.

    Representatives from Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute also presented a synopsis of the district's work on the matter along with additional information on lead and regulations pertaining to lead in drinking water.

    Download Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute Presentation

    "I encourage two-way communication; don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions," Dr. Kopicki noted, "We’ll work with you every step of the way and try and help you."

    "We will continue to update the public throughout the process," he added.


  • August 6, 2019 Letter from Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki

    Recently, the Central Bucks School District conducted tests in each of our 23 schools to determine the level of lead in the consumptive water sources.  This testing was completed in accordance with Pennsylvania School Code and amendments made to Act 39, which permits school districts in the state of Pennsylvania to test drinking water for lead.  Utilizing the services of Langan Engineering, 1,050 consumptive water sources were evaluated. 

    This week, Langan Engineering issued a report (download a PDF of the initial testing results, by school, on this page) identifying 16 of the 1,050 tested water sources as containing levels of lead that exceed Environmental Protection Agency standards.  These 16 sites were spread among the following nine schools: Buckingham Elementary, Cold Spring Elementary, Groveland Elementary, Kutz Elementary, Lenape Middle School, Tohickon Middle School, Unami Middle School, Central Bucks East High School, and Central West High School.

    To address the findings in the report, our Facilities and Energy Management Operations Department immediately began remediation of impacted water sources (as listed in the chart below).  This work will be completed prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year, and will involve follow up testing to ensure that the impacted water sources are deemed safe.  The report of the follow-up samplings will be communicated on our website and at our regular board meeting on August 27, 2019.

    Our goal of maintaining a safe environment for our students and staff is always our focus.  If you have any questions, please call me at 267-893-2001.

    Stay Well,

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    John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
    Superintendent of Schools


  • Lead Sampling Response

    School

    Locations

    Response

    Buckingham

    Rm 3

    Replace fixture, bubbler and lines from shutoff valve

    Buckingham

    Library

    Replace fixture, bubbler, and exposed copper under sink

    Buckingham

    Rm 51

    Replace fixture, bubbler and lines from shutoff valve

    Buckingham

    Rm 52

    Replace fixture, bubbler and lines from shutoff valve

    Buckingham

    Faculty Room

    Replace fixture and exposed copper under sink

    Buckingham

    Nurse's Office

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Cold Spring

    Library

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    East

    B104

    Porcelain water fountain, if not needed, remove and cap lines. 

    Groveland

    Nurse’s treatment

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Kutz

    Nurse’s

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Kutz

    E4

    Replace fixture, bubbler, and exposed copper under sink

    Lenape

    Rm 205

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Lenape

    Library

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Tohickon

    Nurse's office

    Replace fixture and lines from shutoff valve

    Unami

    Kitchen, 3-bowl sink by window

    Replace both fixtures and lines from shutoff valve

    West

    C136

    If sink is needed, replace fixture