Dear Families and Staff:
This is a follow up to my December 19 letter outlining the additional measures the New York City Department of Education (DOE) is taking to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff.
On January 25, 2017, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at P.S. 131 – Queens (P.S. 131 Abigail Adams, 170-45 84 Avenue Queens, NY 11432) was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 9 of the 66 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building. A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at P.S. 131 – Queens is attached and complete test results are posted on the DOE website.
In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion, the DOE will implement its standard response protocol, which includes removing any drinking or cooking water fixture outlet from service, flushing all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replacing equipment and re-testing after the equipment is replaced.
Each affected drinking or cooking water fixture at P.S. 131 – Queens will remain out of service until it is remediated and future testing shows that the water does not have an elevated level of lead. The custodial staff will also continue to flush the P.S. 131 – Queens water systems on Monday mornings before school starts in order to eliminate water that has been stagnant in pipes over the weekend and to ensure safe drinking water is available for students and staff.
Please visit http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/watersafety.htm to learn more about the robust protocol we use to ensure the safety of drinking water in each and every school, as well as to look up water test results for their child’s school.
We will keep you updated on the remediation work at P.S. 131 – Queens, and thank you for your patience and support.
Elizabeth A. Rose
Note: The complete test report is available for download here: