The EPA requires public schools to perform re-inspections of asbestos materials every three years by accredited asbestos inspectors. An accredited management planner reviewed the results of the re-inspections and made recommendations to safely manage asbestos material in our buildings. In addition, the Waltham Facilities Department has an AHERA Designated Liaison that re-inspects every 6 months to monitor and make known the condition of any and all previously inspected materials.
The results of the inspections and re-inspections are on file in the Waltham Facilities Department.
Please read the complete AHERA letter HERE.
Copper and Lead Testing
The Waltham Public School’s Facilities Department along with the city’s Water Department collected water samples from each school plus the Community and Cultural Center (510 Moody St) before the start of the 2016-17 school year. The samples were sent for analysis at the MWRA (results attached).
All results were found to be below the action level for copper (>1300) and lead (>15) except 3 water fountains at the High School, which were removed. We are currently flushing the High School water system daily. Also, several fountains at the Community and Cultural Center (where the Dual Language Program is housed) were above the action level for lead. These fountains have been capped by the city. We are currently providing students with bottled water at that site.
All test results are linked below, and a copy of the results are on file at WPS Central Office.
Water Testing: Elementary Classrooms
In a continued effort to assess our water fixtures, the Facilities Department began a rigorous sampling of all water fountains and faucets in every school. In November and December the Facilities Department undertook the testing of all elementary drinking fixtures that were attached to each faucet in every classroom. All elementary classroom drinking fixtures came back below action levels except (3) at the MacArthur School. We immediately capped the (3) drinking fixtures and are in the process of retesting. You can find all results for MacArthur school here. We will post new results as they become available.
Following up on notification regarding water samples at MacArthur Elementary School, the Facilities Department has replaced all three sinks and fixtures that originally tested above action levels for lead. The new water sample results came back below action levels, and the water will be turned back on in those three classrooms.
In collaboration with the City's Water Department, the Facilities Department will retest over the summer and again yearly thereafter.