Lead testing to continue at schools

To ensure the well-being of students and staff, Herkimer Central School District will continue testing the water in both school buildings for lead during September and October.

With increasing news about the dangers of lead in schools, the district decided in June to conduct voluntarily testing for lead in advance of new state regulations, which went into effect at the beginning of September.

Read more: New York State Lead Testing Regulations

Samples were collected during the summer so that any needed remediation actions could be taken before classes started in the fall. Initial testing showed elevated lead levels at one faucet in a high school cafeteria sink. The faucet was taken out of service immediately and replaced with a new-lead free fixture.

Now that the details of the new regulations have been made available, the district will collect additional samples from all drinking water sources in both buildings, beginning with the elementary school. Results will be reported to parents, local government officials and the state Department of Health when lab analysis has been completed. Samples will be gathered from the elementary school by the end of September, and from the junior-senior high school by the end of October.

Herkimer CSD receives its water from the village of Herkimer, and annual testing has consistently revealed that the water quality is free from any harmful levels of contaminants.

Results of the initial tests are available on the Herkimer Central School website at http://tinyurl.com/Herk2016testresults. Additional results will be posted as they become available. Parents are encouraged to contact the superintendent’s office at (315) 866-2230, ext. 1302, with any questions about this process. The district is committed to providing all students with a safe and welcoming environment.