Mandated lead testing results districtwide…

Written by on January 8, 2021

Pursuant to a law mandating that New York State public schools conduct lead testing on all sources of water used for drinking or cooking purposes, the Shenendehowa School District has worked with an independent testing vendor to ensure proper compliance with the regulation. The district went beyond the regulation and completed sampling of more than 1,411 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 Chango, Okte, Skano, Tesago, Karigon, Orenda, High School West and Arongen. Water levels must be below 15 parts per billion (ppb) or the district must take immediate steps to prohibit use and remediate. The results show that:

  • The main water sources used for drinking water do not have elevated levels.
  • The main water supply to these buildings do not have elevated levels.
  • The areas identified as elevated are sink faucets and that are generally not used by students or staff for drinking purposes.

In any school where water outlets 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 outlets have been placed in the various locations. 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. 

Remediation of all identified areas has begun. In many cases, the tests are showing high because those water sources are rarely used and those systems need to be flushed out on a regular basis. A final report of all tests results will be published pursuant to notification requirements on the school district’s website. The health and safety of students and staff is always a priority and all steps shall be taken to preserve that objective.