Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen, in an effort to provide residents with the highest level of service and confidence in their Utilities Department, has issued the following statement confirming the city’s water safety:
“In light of what has been happening in other cities regarding lead in drinking water, I felt it was prudent to determine if any issue exists within our City and to do so in a proactive manner rather than reactive. In our ongoing effort to provide our residents with the highest level of service and confidence in their Utilities Department, I contacted each school in the City of Avon to inform them of the city’s desire to do a voluntary sampling of the drinking water at all of the schools. This would reassure our residents of the quality of water their children are consuming while at school. Every school agreed to the voluntary sampling immediately and without reservation.
“Sampling was completed on March 9, 2016, and I am pleased to inform you that every sample taken was below the Action Level for lead which is 15.0 parts per million (ppm). This value is equal to 15.0 microgram per liter (mg/l) when in expressed in laboratory units.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Tony Lorenzo, Superintendent of Utilities for the City of Avon, for taking this assignment and seeing it through from start to finish. He and Kevin Smith, also from the City of Avon Utilities Department, coordinated with several agencies to ensure everything went very smoothly. It is also necessary to acknowledge the following agencies and individuals:
“Ohio E.P.A. – they provided guidance and support. I would like to thank Anne Karney P.E. Environmental Specialist Division of Drinking and Ground Water Northeast District Office.
“Avon Lake Regional Water – they provided the City of Avon with a supply of water that meets or exceeds all E.P.A. regulations. Additionally, they provide lab service for our sampling needs. I would like to thank Todd A. Danielson, P.E., BCEE Chief Utilities Executive Avon Lake Regional Water, Steve Heimlich, Water Plant Manager Avon Lake Regional Water and Ted Popiel, Chief Lab Analyst Avon Lake Regional Water, for their support during this sampling.
“Alloway Labs for providing lab service for our sampling needs.
“Avon Local Schools – they voluntarily agreed and arranged for the sampling to occur. I would like to thank Mike Laub, Superintendent of Avon Schools and Greg Manik, Director of Building and Grounds, for their involvement.
“Holy Trinity School – they voluntarily agreed and arranged for the sampling to occur. I would like to thank Father John Misenko, Pastor, Kim Kuchta and Michael Modzeleski, Co-Principals of Holy Trinity School, for their involvement.
“St. Mary School – they voluntarily agreed and arranged for the sampling to occur. I would like to thank Red. C. Thomas Cleaton, Pastor, and Colleen Schager, Principal of St. Mary’s School, for their involvement.
“In closing, it was a pleasure working with the Avon Locals Schools, St. Mary’s School and Holy Trinity School. Each welcomed the opportunity to test the water in their facilities to be sure their staff and children in their care were consuming safe drinking water.”
Bryan K. Jensen
Mayor, City of Avon