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Test Results Show Elevated Lead In Bergenfield Schools' Drinking Water

Test results show elevated levels of lead in the Bergenfield School District's drinking water.
Test results show elevated levels of lead in the Bergenfield School District's drinking water. Photo Credit: kvcrnews.org

BERGENFIELD, N.J. — Results from April testing indicate elevated levels of lead in Bergenfield Public Schools' drinking water, officials said.

The district has disconnected all water fountains and is providing students and employees with bottled water, Mayor Norman Schmelz said.

“[Acting Supt. Chris Tully] and I have been in contact the last two days and I feel extremely confident in how he is addressing the situation,” the mayor said in a press release.

SUEZ Water will be performing site tests on the water before it enters buildings to determine the source of the elevated lead levels, the mayor said.

The borough’s business administrator will be coordinating testing with the board of health for public water fountains in municipal buildings, Schmelz said.

The mayor advised allowing household water to run before cooking with or drinking it.

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