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David W. Ziskin

Superintendent of Schools

25 High Street

Fort Plain, NY 13339

518.993.4000

 

 
 

WATER TESTING IN NEW YORK SCHOOLS

Water being tested for lead in all New York schools

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

The state established an action level of 15Parts per billion micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results — along with remediation plans, if required — on the official district website.

Fort Plain Central School District is conducting water testing according to the state law. Results of testing are being posted on this page as they become available.

 

Result letters

Nov. 23, 2016 Letter – Results of Water Testing at Harry Hoag Elementary School

PDF document of the test results from Fulmont Laboratories - Harry Hoag

Dec. 3, 2016 Letter – Results of Water Testing at FP Jr./Sr. High School building

PDF document of the test results from Fulmont Laboratories - High School


Lead-free Buildings

Lead-free, as defined by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, is based on the lead content of plumbing materials. Federal laws enacted in 1986, and updated in 2011, limit the amount of lead that can be used in new plumbing and fixtures. A building can be deemed lead-free if it was built after Jan. 4, 2014, or a New York State licensed Professional Engineer or Architect certifies it to be lead-free.
Under New York’s new law, school districts are not required to conduct water testing in buildings designated as lead-free. Fort Plain School District has no buildings designated as lead-free, as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act, so all are subject to the new water testing law.

Additional Resources

FACT SHEET: NEW STATE LAW MEANS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL TEST FOR LEAD
EPA: BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN DRINKING WATER
NYSDOH: GET AHEAD OF LEAD!
NYSDOH LEAD FACT SHEET
GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO TEST DRINKING WATER IN N.Y. SCHOOLS FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION
FULL TEXT OF NYS LAW