On September 6, 2016, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test for lead in all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking. This letter is to inform you of the results of the testing that have just been received by the District and the remediation efforts that will be implemented immediately.
Current law establishes an action level of fifteen (15) micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.
Of the one hundred ten (110) water outlets sampled in recent testing this fall, twenty eight (28) outlets had water samples with readings slightly above the state action level. All of the new elevated readings were found in sinks throughout the building, both in restrooms and classrooms. Immediate remediation involves turning off the cold water to the impacted sinks and placing signage that directs the water to be used for handwashing/cleaning only. The current sink fixtures will be replaced as soon as possible and the water will be retested. In spring testing, the District did find two (2) classroom water fountains and one (1) hallway water fountain which did have samples test slightly above the action level. All three locations have been turned off. Remediation in those three areas is ongoing.
The health and safety of our students, staff and visitors remains our number one priority. A complete remediation plan along with detailed water testing results have been posted to our District website. As new tests are conducted and the results are received, they will be posted on the website as well. On the website we have also posted informational resources such as a frequently asked questions document along with details on the new State water testing law. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at #607-569-5200 ext 5240.
Kyle C. Bower
Superintendent of Schools