November 14, 2018
Dear Families and Staff:
This is a follow up to a September letter informing you that your school’s operational water fixtures would be tested for the presence of lead in 2018.
On 10/11/2018, all operational sources of water at P.S. 101 – Brooklyn (P.S. 101 The Verrazano at 2360 Benson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11214), including for drinking or cooking, were tested for the presence of lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 2 of the 61 fixtures from which water was taken and tested. Any drinking or cooking fixture with elevated levels was immediately taken offline, and will remain offline until it is successfully remediated. Details of elevated results are attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at https://www.schools.nyc.gov/schools/K101. Click “Data and Reports” and look for the “Facilities” heading.
The test results include water fixtures that are not used for drinking or cooking, including handwashing sinks. Sinks will have clear signs indicating “Hand Washing Only” and “Not for Drinking Use.” The custodial staff will flush the P.S. 101 – Brooklyn water systems on Monday mornings and after holidays before school starts, in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend. This is part of our robust protocol to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.
Please visit https://www.schools.nyc.gov/about-us/reports/water-safety to learn more about the protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school.
We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 101 – Brooklyn, and thank you for your patience and support.