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Water Testing in NY Public Schools

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  • For more information about lead in drinking water and New York state regulations, please check out this informational fact sheet (PDF).

  • Additional information and resources can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) website.

 

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

The state established an action level of 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.

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required—on the official district website.

Updates

February 2, 2017

Remediation plans are currently being designed by engineers to fix water outlets on three Capital Region BOCES properties identified as having lead levels in excess of the state's action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

Since being hired in December, representatives of the engineering firm Griffith Dardanelli have visited the three Capital Region BOCES-owned campuses — Maywood School and the career and technical education campuses in Albany and Schoharie and started work on the plans.

The Schoharie campus will be the first site to be remediated with a draft plan expected to be ready for review in the near future. Plans for the Maywood School and Albany Career and Technical Education campus will follow, said Tom Mott, director of facilities for Capital Region BOCES.

In the meantime, all water outlets identified as having lead levels in excess of the state's action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) remain either turned off (in the case of fountains) or marked with signs warning not to drink the water (in the case of hand washing stations/sinks).

As soon as the plan is finalized, Capital Region BOCES will make it available on this website.

January, 3, 2017

The Board of Education at its Dec. 19 meeting hired architect and engineering firm Griffith Dardanelli to develop a remediation plan to address the water outlets identified as having lead levels in excess of the state's action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb).

As soon as the plan is finalized, Capital Region BOCES will make it available on this website.

In the meantime, all water outlets identified as having lead levels in excess of the state's action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) remain either turned off (in the case of fountains) or marked with signs warning not to drink the water (in the case of hand washing stations/sinks).
 

Water testing results letters

 



Test results

BOCES will perform additional tests in an effort to pinpoint the specific source in each of the affected outlets. These outlets will remain offline and/or labeled until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the state-required action level.


Albany Career and Technical School (CTE) campus:
 
  • 127 outlets were tested, 23 were above 15 ppb

Sample Location Analyte Results (ppb) NYSDOH Action Level (ppb) Immediate District Response
F4 Drink Fountain Lead 15.1 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
F4 Work Sink3 Lead 25.4 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
F6 Drink Fountain Lead 461 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
E1 Drink Fountain Lead 409 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
 E1 Work Sink Lead 212 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
E2 Drink Fountain Lead 96.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
 E2 Work Sink 1 Lead 31.9 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
E2 Work Sink 2 Lead 110 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
E3 Drink Fountain Lead 21.4 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
D4 Work Sink Lead 19.6 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
B8 Work Sink Lead 151 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
B9 Bathroom Sink Lead 29.6 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
B9 Dishwash Pre Spray Nozzle Lead 19.6 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
 B10 Work Sink 2 Lead 15.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
 B5 Work Sink 2 Lead 42.1 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
B5 Work Sink 3 Lead 42.2 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
B5 Work Sink 4 Lead 21.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
A9 Work Sink 1 Lead 20.5 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
A6 Men's Bathroom Sink Lead 16.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
 A7A Work Sink Lead 88.8 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
A7C Work Sink Lead 99.1 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
A14 Drink Fountain Lead 16.0 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
A7B Work Sink Lead 198 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Schoharie Career and Technical School (CTE) campus:
  • 33 outlets were tested, 3 were above 15 ppb
Sample Location Analyte Results (ppb) NYSDOH Action Level (ppb) Immediate District Response
Rm 115 Heavy Equip Work Sink A Lead 16.6 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Rm 115 Heavy Equip Work Sink B Lead 20.4 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Rm 104 Criminal Justice Work Sink Lead 18.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned

 

Maywood School:
  • 52 outlets were tested, 2 were above 15 ppb

Sample Location Analyte Results (ppb) NYSDOH Action Level (ppb) Immediate District Response
Rm 5 Work Sink Lead 17.3 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Storage Rm 13 Work Sink Lead 16.4 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
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