May 27, 2016
Dear Burr Community,
I am writing with a brief update on the water testing at Burr. As you know, all hallway water fountains were removed on Monday to test water coming in from the walls into the fountains. The samples are currently being analyzed and we expect results on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week. We will share those results with you once they are received. Based upon the results, representatives from the school, water, public buildings, and health departments will discuss next steps and develop a remediation plan that we will share with you.
We will not turn water fountains back on until we confirm the water is safe to drink. As a reminder, it is important to continue to use the bottled water provided. Students should not use faucets for drinking water.
We will hold a community meeting on either Monday, June 13th or Tuesday, June 14th to give you the opportunity to ask questions of health professionals, city officials, and school administrators. The date will be confirmed once we hear back from the physicians at Children’s Hospital Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. I will email you early next week to confirm the date.
The city has created a website that contains all data received to date, as well as all communications – www.newtonma.gov/drinkingwater. Additional questions can be directed to the Health Department at 617-796-1420. Please also feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you again for your patience.
Principal, Burr Elementary