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Water Testing at Buckingham - MEETING 9-5

Dear Buckingham Elementary Family,

On Thursday, September 5 at 6:30 p.m., we invite you to attend a meeting in the library at Buckingham Elementary School.

We will use this time to share information regarding the district’s lead remediation efforts at Buckingham, following the recent water testing.

You will find our most recent communication regarding this water testing on our website below.

Stay Well,
John Kopicki Signature
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools

Initial Test Results: Buckingham | Resampling Results

A letter from Superintendent Dr. John J. Kopicki to Buckingham families regarding recent water testing in CBSD.

Dear Buckingham Elementary Families,

The Environmental Protection Agency establishes recommendations to reduce children’s exposure to lead from school drinking water by taking steps that include testing drinking water for lead; disseminating results to parents, students, staff, and other interested stakeholders; and taking appropriate and necessary actions to correct problems. 

On August 6, we sent a communication to families sharing the results of the recent water testing that was conducted in our school buildings. The full report of this testing may be found on our website. As a result of this testing:

  • Six locations at Buckingham were identified as having levels of lead that exceed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) standards of 15 micrograms of lead per liter (µg/L).
  • 22 locations were identified as containing levels between 5 and 15 micrograms per liter (µg/L).

Since that report was received, we have been working in consultation with expert resources, including our CBSD environmental and safety coordinator, to execute remediation and retesting of water sources that were shown to have lead. While we assigned priority to those with a level that exceeded EPA standards, we have decided to remediate any water source that tested above 5 µg/L, because we believe this is in the best interest of our students and staff. This action plan 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. Ensure that students only access drinking water at filtered water bottle filling stations.
  4. Conduct follow up testing to ensure that the remediation was successful.

Our follow up test results revealed that a number of water sites at Buckingham continue to have lead levels that exceed the recommended EPA guidelines; as a result, bottled water will be available in all Buckingham Elementary classrooms, and children will be directed to the available filtered water bottle filling stations.  

Over the course of the school year, we will replace all remaining water fountains with filtered water bottle filling stations. We will also install a neutralizing system to treat the water entering the building.  Additionally, we will conduct annual testing of all consumptive sites in the district and make these test results available on our website, in order to be assured that our drinking water continues to be safe.

At our Tuesday, August 27, 2019 school board meeting, we will present the progress we have made district wide in our remediation efforts, and the results of our retesting. Representatives from Penn State Facilities Engineering Institute will also be on hand to provide additional information on lead in drinking water. I invite any family to attend in order to be present to hear this information first-hand.

We are grateful for the confidence, support, and patience of our families throughout this process. Our promise to you is that we will continue to place the well-being of our students above all other considerations. 

If you have specific questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at 267-893-2001. 

Stay Well,
John Kopicki Signature
John J. Kopicki, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools