Department of Education


Elizabeth A. Rose
Deputy Chancellor Division of Operations
52 Chambers Street New York, NY 10007
212 374 7868 Tel 212 374 5588 Fax

June 12, 2018

Dear Families and Staff:

This is a follow up to my February 14, 2017 water test results notification letter and I am pleased to share we have successfully completed remediation work at J.H.S. 8 – Queens (The Emerson School, 108-35 167 Street, Queens, NY 11433).

On February 01, 2017, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at J.H.S. 8 – Queens was tested for lead. The laboratory results showed elevated levels of lead in 17 of the 141 samples of water taken and tested from outlets in the building.

In any building where lead test results show even one water outlet above the action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), the DOE implements its standard response protocol, under which it removes any such outlet from service, flushes all or part of the system to eliminate water sitting in pipes overnight, replaces equipment and re-tests after the equipment is replaced. Fixtures are only put back in service once results of laboratory re-tests are below the action level of 15 ppb.

Each affected fixture at J.H.S. 8 – Queens was taken out of service on February 14, 2017, and the remediation work was completed. On March 17, 2018, and May 25, 2018, the remediated fixtures were tested and the final laboratory results indicate that all samples taken and tested were below the action level of 15 ppb.

Out of an abundance of caution, the custodial staff will continue to flush the J.H.S. 8 – 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.

A more detailed letter related to the testing for lead at J.H.S. 8 – Queens is attached, and complete test results are posted on the DOE website at Q287Zdefault.htm.

Please visit http://schools.nvc.aov/AboutUs/schools/watersafetv.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 each school.

Thank you for your patience and support and we wish you and your students a wonderful semester.
Sincerely yours, Elizabeth A. Rose

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