In accordance with a new state law signed into effect by Gov. Andrew Cuomo last month, Capital Region BOCES is currently testing lead levels for all water outlets that are currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes.
The water samples from all BOCES buildings that are used to educate students are being sent to a state-approved laboratory for testing with results expected by mid-November. When available, results of the tests will be posted to the BOCES website â€“ www.capregboces.org.
This information will include any additional actions regarding water testing or remediation that may be necessary as we move forward.
The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its public schools to conduct lead testing on all sources of potable water.
In accordance with the new law, if the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the stateâ€™s action level of 15 parts per billion, the district will take immediate action. The stateâ€™s regulations require that all such outlets be taken offline, or otherwise restricted, until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level. At that time, the identified outlets will be put back in service.
At all times, BOCES will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking, cooking and learning. Click here (PDF) for more information on the state regulation and water testing.