LEAD FOUND IN WATER AGAIN AT HUNTERDON CENTRAL

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Hunterdon Central Regional High School recently completed State-required water testing for lead, throughout the campus. Results were received late on Wednesday, May 17, 2017.

Of the 103 water samples taken from locations throughout the school, 2 came back  over the State limit of 15 parts per billion. Those locations were:

  • Prep sink in a Science workroom
  • Handwashing sink in the 11/12 cafeteria

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Per State protocol, the sinks have been disabled and will be retested to determine next steps (changing faucet or adding lead filter to the fixture). To comply with State regulations, please click on the links to read a detailed Water Testing Results Letter and detailed Water Testing Results Report.

Water Testing Results Letter

Water Testing Results Report

Raritan Headwaters is the “watershed watchdog” for a 470-square-mile area in Hunterdon, Somerset and Morris counties, comprising the drainage area for the North and South Branches of the Raritan River. Eighty percent of the residents of this region – about 320,000 people – obtain their drinking water through wells.

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Well water pollutants found in the region are coliform bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, lead, iron, radon and volatile organic compounds. Sources of contamination include failing septic systems, chemicals like fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, and naturally-occurring contaminants.

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Raritan Headwaters offers a “basic kit” for coliform bacteria and nitrate for $60 during these Community Well Testing events. Residents can also test for other potential contaminants at an additional cost. Staff members at RHA are available to advise citizens who are uncertain about which tests to order.

Raritan Headwaters recently completed a 30-year analysis of well water tests in the region, which showed an increase in arsenic levels in several towns. Concentrations of nitrate also increased, and the percentage of wells that failed for coliform bacteria showed a slight increase.

Residents who aren’t able to take advantage of the community well test program can contact Mara Tippett, Raritan Headwaters’ well test manager, anytime throughout the year to arrange to pick up a test kit in Bedminster or Flemington. She can be contacted at 908-234-1852, ext. 401 orwelltest@raritanheadwaters.org.

For more information about Raritan Headwaters and its programs and preserves, go towww.raritanheadwaters.org.

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