New Lead Testing Regulation and Results

In September, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a law mandating that New York State public schools conduct lead testing on all sources of water used for drinking or cooking purposes by September 30, 2016 (Grades K-5) and October 31, 2016 (Grades 6-12).  Water levels must be below 15 parts per billion (ppb) or the district must take immediate steps to prohibit use and remediate. Test results must be provided in writing to all staff and parents no more than 10 business days after receiving the report.

Shenendehowa has worked with the NYS State Education Department, Department of Health and the Capital Region BOCES to ensure proper compliance with the regulation.  The district went beyond the regulation and completed sampling of more than 1,400 sources of water including those that people typically would not drink from such as lab sinks, sinks in secure areas (i.e., boiler room sinks) and hose outlets.

To date, the district has received the reports for all elementary and middle schools. For water outlets that tested higher than the 15 parts per billion (ppb), the district has taken immediate steps to prohibit use of those outlets for drinking or cooking purposes and will be implementing a remediation plan.  Signage to indicate non-potable, non-drinking water outlet have been placed in the various locations (see below). Once the repairs have been made, the district will re-test to confirm that the source is below the state level prior to returning it to service.

The results  show that the main water supplies to our buildings do not have elevated  levels

Remediation of all areas identified has begun. As the results are made available, they will be published here.

During this time, we suggest students bring water bottles to school. If your child forgets, there are water bottles available, just have your child ask the teacher.

Signage posted on those sources identified as above the 15 ppb.

Do Not Drink Do Not Drink