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HELP THE CITY OF GOSHEN DECORATE THE MIRTH TREE

Friday, December 9, 2022

This holiday season, we encourage you to take some time to get creative and help decorate the Mirth Tree! In an effort to reduce waste, the City of Goshen’s Department of Environment Resilience (GDER) wants to encourage you to see what you can create with only the things you can find or recycle.... more

Stormwater Partnership Surface Water Report on Annual Trends in Water Quality Published

Friday, December 9, 2022

The St. Joseph River Basin Commission has published a report analyzing over a decade of water quality data collected by the Elkhart County Health Department as part of the Greater Elkhart County Stormwater Partnership’s long-term surface water monitoring program. The report focuses on long-term... more

COMMUNITY INPUT MEETING

Friday, December 9, 2022

WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2022 at 6:30 p.m.WHERE: Prairie View Elementary School Gym, 1730 Regent Street, Goshen Please plan to attend to learn more about the mixed-use development being proposed for this 170-acres of land on the south side of Goshen including: Types and quantities of... more

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Board of Works & Safety & Stormwater Board

Monday, December 12, 2022, 2:00pm

To join the webinar, please copy and paste this link on your browser: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81801258378 Or call: (301) 715-8592 or 312 626 6799 Webinar ID: 847 4800 4365 Dial *9 to "raise hand" and speak during public comment

Community Relations Commission

Monday, December 12, 2022, 7:00pm

Redevelopment Commission

Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 3:00pm

Lead Tests and Schools

News Release                                                                                                                                                    July 6, 2016

Mayor Stutsman Announces Proactive Water Lead Testing in Schools

Early this year Mayor Jeremy Stutsman and the Goshen Water Utility committed to a testing program to make sure the drinking water lead levels in local schools is safe for children and staff. Water with high lead levels can contribute to a number of adverse health effects, particularly in young children.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman announced today that recent lab testing of drinking water in Goshen Schools have identified areas of remediation to meet Federal guidelines. In May, Water Superintendent Kent Holdren with Goshen Water Utilities approached both Goshen Community Schools and Bethany Christian Schools and offered to collect and test water samples from all school buildings. The study tested water samples from 619 sites to determine if lead levels exceeded federal standards for schools.

In announcing the results of the testing, Mayor Stutsman stated, “We are pleased that the testing program found out of the 251 drinking water fountains tested, only one was identified of having slightly elevated lead levels and was immediately removed from service.  As Mayor, and especially as a father, it is reassuring to know that our schools in Goshen are in compliance with federal guidelines. I am grateful for the participation of everyone involved in this testing.  It was no small task”.

The primary focus of the study was on drinking water fountains “Parents want to know that the water their children are drinking at school is safe. Based on the actions taken from our testing program, we can assure them that their children are not exposed to elevated lead levels”, said Water Superintendent Holdren.

In addition to testing drinking water fountains, the study included 368 other water outlets that are not normally used for drinking water; such as bathroom and science lab sinks. Out of the 368 sample sites that are not used for drinking water forty-six were found to have lead levels which exceeded federal standards for drinking water. Both school corporations are now in the process of replacing all non-drinking water faucets, as needed, to meet lead standards for drinking water.

The Environmental Protection Agency strongly recommends that drinking water in schools does not exceed a lead concentration that exceeds 20 parts per billion (ppb).  After consultation with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the standard selected for this study was a more stringent 15 ppb. This is the same standard used for residential drinking water.

Complete results of the school testing program can be found on the city website at http://goshenindiana.org/lead-tests-and-schools Copies are also available in the Mayor’s Office at 202 S. Fifth Street and at the Goshen Utilities Billing Office at 203 S Fifth Street.  Questions should be directed to Kent Holdren, Water Superintendent, at 574-534-5306 or kentholdren@goshencity.com.

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  Goshen Community Schools Test Results

   Bethany Christan Schools Test Results

    The Goshen Water Utility used the 3TS Guideline for testing lead in schools which was supplied by the EPA and I.D.E.M. if you would like more information  please follow link. (100 PAGE) DOCUMENT.

Also For our water customers we have added this link http://www.in.gov/isdh/22452.htm which will take you to the Indiana State Department of Helth website so you can get lead testing information on testing for your home. They have a list of certified labs near you that will test your water for a fee.