Lead Testing Information
February 7, 2018
On September 6, 2016, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation (A.l 0740/S.8158) requiring all school districts and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) in New York State to test potable (drinking) water systems for lead contamination and to take responsive actions. The State Department of Health and the State Education Department have established an action level threshold of 15 parts per billion or .015 mg/L. The water sources that test above this level must be immediately taken out of service and corrective action must be taken.
District Safety Officer, Scott Prue, collected samples from all potential drinking water sources throughout the district in the early fall of 2016, including the typical drinking water sources such as drinking fountains and kitchen sinks and some areas not typically associated with drinking water such as custodial closets and bathroom sinks. In all, 257 samples were collected and sent for testing.
The results of this initial testing indicated that all schools had water sources that tested over the allowable limit. The district immediately took these locations out of service as sources of drinking water. The legislation requires the district to re-test these water sources using different testing parameters in order to help determine the source of the contamination.
The District conducted a second round of lead sampling in the late fall of 2017. The results of this sampling are as follows:
Bloomingdale: Re-sampled 7 locations - all 7 passed.
Petrova: Re-sampled 40 locations - all 40 passed.
High School: Re-sampled 25 locations - 23 passed 2 did NOT meet the requirements:
~ Room 103 Science room #3 sink
~ Girls’ auditorium changing room, left sink
The District will replace or remediate the two affected sinks as appropriate. Before the water source is back in service for students and staff members, additional water tests will be conducted to determine if the replacement/remediation was successful
Please be assured that the district is in full compliance with the regulations and will diligently work to ensure drinking water throughout the district meets the new requirements.