A Toast to Our Drinking Water!


District leadership celebrates the clear drinking water on campus. Left to right: Dr. Julio Vazquez, Dr. Adam VanDerStuyf, Dr. Ken Freeston, Dr. Joannes Sieverding, Principal Vince DiGrandi

After much planning and construction, the water is again flowing at the North Salem Middle/High School bottle-filling stations. The North Salem Central School District received final approval from the Westchester County Department of Health to use the newly installed water filtration system.

All drinking water flows through 12 new granular activated carbon and greensand filters that work together to remove perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS), and minerals, such as iron and manganese, from the campus’s well water. The underground water storage tank was cleaned and disinfected, with new fittings and pipes installed. Certain building sinks are receiving further upgrades and remain labeled as non-potable.

Pequenakonck Elementary School will undergo the same process to improve its water quality. The Department of Health is currently reviewing the district’s improvement plans for the elementary school. Once approved, they will move ahead with accepting bids and vetting potential contractors.

Sarah Divi is the Communications Specialist for the North Salem Central School District. This article is part of an ongoing series of stories that showcase student experiences and exemplify the district's mission statement in action.

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