* plan was revised in October 2016 to take advantage of the Grant money to test the entire district
Retest will be available when lab results are in from the October testings 10/16
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working with the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) to heighten awareness of the importance of reducing and preventing exposure to lead and high levels of copper, particularly in pregnant women, infants, and young children.
It has come to our attention that recent drinking water testing at the Mattacheese Middle School, DY High School and Nathaniel H Wixon Innovation School in the Dennis-Yarmouth School District indicated the presence of lead, copper, or both lead and copper above the relevant action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for lead and 1,300 ppb for copper.
It is important to reduce lead exposures as much as possible - particularly for young children, pregnant women, and infants - because there is no safe level of lead exposure. Copper is an essential nutrient; however, exposure to high levels can harm health. DPH staff are available to assist your office with risk communication as well as answer health-related questions that you, your staff, students, or parents/guardians may have related to potential exposure to lead and high levels of copper in drinking water.
Please feel free to contact the DPH Bureau of Environmental Health at 617-624-5757 for assistance with any health-related questions or concerns.
Public health fact sheets on lead and copper in school drinking water are attached (as they are often tested at the same time). These fact sheets are also available at DPH's website at: www.mass.gov/dph/lead-sources. DPH encourages you to provide these fact sheets to those who may have questions about the health risks associated with lead or high levels of copper in drinking water at schools and childcare facilities.
The MassDEP Drinking Water Program can provide you with guidance on responding to lead and/or copper above the action levels. The MassDEP Drinking Water Program can be contacted at 617-292-5770, or by email program.director-dwp@
Also visit the MassDEP website at: