Recent legislation requires public schools in New York to test for lead in all water outlets that could be used for drinking or cooking. Results are now available from water testing conducted Sept. 30 at Herkimer Elementary School with the assistance of a state-supported laboratory.
Of the 179 samples collected within the elementary school, 16 water outlets were found to have lead levels exceeding the state-required action level of 15 parts per billion.
Twelve of the 16 outlets were sinks, including bathroom sinks, a sink in the gym office and sinks in the cafeteria kitchen. The remaining outlets were water fountains, in Rooms B4, A3, A5 and A7. A drinking fountain in A20 tested at the action level of 15 ppb.
The school was notified of the test results Monday morning. In accordance with state regulations, these outlets have been taken offline or labeled with signs indicating that they are not to be used for drinking or cooking.
“We take these results very seriously and are working with the safety and risk management office at Herkimer BOCES to ensure that we can continue to provide safe, healthy drinking water for our students and staff,” Superintendent Robert Miller said.
Additional tests of the affected outlets will be conducted, and the results reported on the school’s website as they become available. Test results for the Jr/Sr High School are pending and will be announced as soon as they become available.
The district conducted previous tests on selected water outlets. The tests conducted in September were initiated after the governor signed a law on Sept. 6 requiring all public school in New York state to test for lead.
For more information, contact the superintendent’s office at (315) 866-2230, ext. 1302, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available on our Lead Testing page, where additional test results will be published as they become available.