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Dear CEMS Staff, Students, and Families,

As you may know, Maine law now requires schools to test all drinking water faucets that could be used for drinking or cooking for the presence of lead on a yearly basis. Maine’s threshold for mitigation for lead occurs when the concentration exceeds 4 parts per billion or higher, while the federal rate is 15+ ppb.

We just received the results from our samples that were collected on 3/20/22. As you will see from the Public Notice (linked here), out of 76 water fixtures, elevated levels of lead (exceeding 4 parts per billion) were found in the water from 18 fixtures. While still safe for washing hands, those faucets were immediately turned off by our maintenance department. We will have a plumber install point of use filters as soon as possible. We will then retest and if further mitigation steps are warranted we will consult with experts and do whatever is necessary to lower the lead levels to the acceptable level.

Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns to Principal Troy Eastman (teastman@capeelizabethschools.org), our Facilities Director Dave Bagdasarian (dbagdasarian@capeelizabethschools.org), or myself.

Thanks for your support,

Chris Record, Ph.D. 

March 2022 – A & L Laboratory Report