Galloway Township, New Jersey Superintendent of Public Schools, Dr. Annette C. Giaquinto is pushing back forcefully following the disclosure of a report that concluded that 92 percent of area schools' drinking water contains lead.

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Dr. Giaquinto released the following unambiguous public statement and rebuke regarding the matter as follows:

Galloway Township Public Schools

On March 2. 2022, a press conference occurred that promoted inaccurate information regarding the water in the Galloway Township School District.

As a District, we take the health, safety, and
welfare, of our students and staff very seriously.

The information that was circulated was copied from a report released back in 2017 and does not include any of the remediation measures taken by the District, nor does it include the fact that the District is currently in the process of completing its next required round of testing. Indeed, the District has taken every step necessary to ensure sate drinking water, including following all state and local requirements regarding same. 

To be perfectly clear, the District's drinking water facilities available to, and used by, students and staff
meet all health and satety standards.

Simply stated, the water available to, and used by, students and staff in the District 16 is absolutely sate as determined by state standards.

In addition, in compliance with the law and as a further factor confirming the safety of the District's water. the
District submits a statement of assurance to the Department of Education every year indicating that the required lead testing was completed and that the
testing information has been made available to the public.

Despite all of this, unfortunately in this era of "click bait" media, purported press conference released information which the organizers had to know was either knowingly misleading or communicated with reckless disregard for the truth.

This is evidenced by the complete failure to contact the District in advance in order to obtain accurate information.

All inquiries should be directed to the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Annette C. Giaquinto.

We apologize for the unnecessary confusion and concern this may have created.”

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