Lead Testing for School Drinking Water (Bridgewater Town Clerk)

Eesha Pendharkar filed this request with the Bridgewater Town Clerk of Bridgewater, MA.
Multi Request Lead Testing for School Drinking Water
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From: Eesha Pendharkar

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Massachusetts Public Records Law, I hereby request the following records:

1. A list of all schools under the jurisdiction of this agency.
2. All results for individual lead testing conducted by your town/city on drinking water in schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since January 1, 2017.
3. All meeting minutes or communications - including but not limited to memos, emails, notes, and analytical reports - regarding:
a. the decision to decline MA DEP assistance - technical or otherwise - for the testing of school drinking water
b. levels of lead found in water used by schools under the jurisdiction of this agency since 1 January, 2017.

According to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection database for school drinking water testing for lead, public schools within this town did not volunteer for the state's assistance program, which offered free testing to schools.
(For reference: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/massdep/water/drinking/testing-assistance-for-lead-in-school-drinking-water.html)

Please provide this information on a rolling basis or contact me at eesha@bu.edu if you have any questions at all about the contents of this request.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as we believe this request is in the public interest, as suggested but not stipulated by the recommendations of the Massachusetts Supervisor of Public Records. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

I expect the request to be filled in an accessible format, including for screen readers, which provide text-to-speech for persons unable to read print. Files that are not accessible to screen readers include, for example, .pdf image files as well as physical documents.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 10 business days, as the statute requires.


Eesha Pendharkar

From: Bridgewater Town Clerk

Dear Kimberly,

Since I am not the Records Officer for this subject, I am passing along to you this Freedom of Information Act request received 10 minutes ago.



[160556378[1]]Marilee Kenney Hunt
Bridgewater Town Clerk
Academy Building, 66 Central Square
Bridgewater, MA 02324
Direct: 508-659-1220
General Office: 508-697-0921

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From: Bridgewater Town Clerk

Thank you. We will answer the request.

From: Bridgewater Town Clerk

Dear Ms. Pendharkar:

Please find attached a response from our Records Access Officer.

Michael J. Spagone, Confidential Assistant

Town of Bridgewater
Town Manager's Office
Phone: (508) 697-0919
Email: mspagone@bridgewaterma.org

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