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Lead in Drinking Water on Frederick Campus: Results from Third Round of Testing
 
October 30, 2018
 
Dear MSD Community,
 
I wish to share with you the results from the third round of testing of water outlets at the Frederick Campus. This is in compliance to the new law that was enacted this year that drinking water in all public and private schools in Maryland be tested for lead. On October 16, the Frederick Campus tested 32 water sources for lead. Of the 32 water sources tested, 11 were retests of water fountains that were fitted with filters after failing the original test. All 11 fountains have now passed. These fountains are located in the following buildings:
  • Benson Gym
  • Veditz Building
  • Ely Building
  • Foxwell-Moylan Hall
  • Faupel Hall
  • Klipp-Redmond Hall
Of the 32 water sources tested, 11 water outlets exceeded the federal limit for the lead amount in drinking water. For the 11 sources that need lead remediation, MSD has shut down those sources and will be installing "lead reduction filter kits" and/or new faucets. Another round of water testing will occur after all the filter kits are installed. For the water outlets (sinks and ice-maker) that did not pass they will have signs "Do Not Use".
 
Attached is a technical report that MSD will be submitting to the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of the Environment. 
 
If you have questions, please contact me at james.tucker@msd.edu, or MSD Chief Operating Officer Ann Miller at ann.miller@msd.edu. Again, for now, please pay attention to the "Do Not Use" signs.
 
Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
Superintendent
Lead in Drinking Water on Frederick Campus: Results from Second Round of Testing
 
October 24, 2018
 
Dear MSD Community,
 
I wish to share with you the results from the second round of testing of water outlets at the Frederick Campus. This is in compliance to a new law that was enacted this year that drinking water in all public and private schools in Maryland be tested for lead. On October 8, the Frederick Campus tested 125 water sources for lead. This second round of testing included the following areas:
 
Kent-McCanner Building - All water fountains and kitchen/kitchenette sinks and ice makers.
 
Ijams-Vance Cafeteria - All water fountains and kitchen sinks.
 
Faupel Hall, Klipp-Redmond Hall, and Foxwell-Moylan Hall - All bathroom sinks.
 
Benson Gym - Trainer room sink and ice-maker, and concession room sink.
 
Shockley House - All sinks and refrigerator water/ice maker.
 
Maintenance Building - Break room sink and water fountain (that failed in the first round of testing).
 
All water fountains in the Kent-McCanner Building and the Ijams-Vance cafeteria passed. Each dormitory bathroom has multiple sinks that passed so these sinks may be used. The refrigerator water and ice maker in the Shockley House passed. The Maintenance Building's water fountain (that failed in the first round of testing and was then fitted with a lead reduction filter) passed.
 
30 of the 125 water outlets exceeded the federal limit for the lead amount in drinking water. For the 30 sources that need lead remediation, MSD has shut down those sources and will be installing "lead reduction filter kits" and/or new faucets. Another round of water testing will occur after all the filter kits are installed. For the water outlets (sinks and ice-makers) that did not pass they will have signs "Do Not Use".
 
Attached is a technical report that MSD will be submitting to the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at james.tucker@msd.edu, or MSD Chief Operating Officer Ann Miller at ann.miller@msd.edu. Again, for now, please pay attention to the "Do Not Use" signs.
 
Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
Superintendent
Columbia Campus Drinking Water Results
 
October 2, 2018
 
Dear MSD Community,
 
I wish to share with you that there is a new law that was enacted this year that drinking water in all public and private schools in Maryland be tested for lead.
 
The Columbia Campus has tested 61 drinking water sources for lead and 22 of the sources exceeded the federal limit for the lead amount in drinking water.
 
For the 22 sources at the Columbia Campus that need lead remediation, MSD has shut down those sources and will be installing "lead reduction filter kits".  A second round of water testing will occur after all the filter kits are installed.
 
Attached is a technical report that MSD will be submitting to the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
 
If you have any questions, please contact me at james.tucker@msd.edu, or MSD Chief Operating Officer Ann Miller at ann.miller@msd.edu.
 
Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
Superintendent
Lead in Drinking Water
 
September 13, 2018
 
Dear MSD Community, 

I wish to share with you that there is a new law that was enacted this year that drinking water in all public and private schools in Maryland be tested for lead.
 
The Frederick Campus has tested 29 water fountains for lead and 13 of the water fountains exceeded the federal limit for lead amount in drinking water. The Columbia Campus water fountains have been tested and we are awaiting results. As soon as I receive the results, I will share them with you.
 
For the 13 water fountains at the Frederick Campus that need lead remediation, MSD has shut down these fountains and will be installing "lead reduction filter kits" to these fountains. A second round of water testing will occur after all the filter kits are installed. 
 
Attached is a technical report that MSD will be submitting to the Maryland State Department of Education and the Maryland Department of the Environment.
 
If you have questions, please contact me at james.tucker@msd.edu, or MSD Chief Operating Officer Ann Miller at ann.miller@msd.edu.
 
Sincerely,
James E. Tucker
Superintendent