As you may be aware, on Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.
This letter is to inform you about the results of our water testing at Pinewood Intermediate School and Bradt Primary School, completed on Sept. 28 and 29, with the assistance of a state-supported laboratory. Testing at Draper Middle School and Mohonasen High School will be completed by the Oct. 31 deadline.
A total of 145 water outlets were tested at Bradt and 141 water outlets were tested at Pinewood. Of those outlets, 20 were found to have lead levels exceeding the state-required action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). Out of these 20 samples that tested high there were two that were water fountains.
- Bradt – Room A4 water fountain, 45.7 ppb.
- Pinewood – Room 22 water fountain, 26.5 ppb.
The district was notified of the Pinewood and Bradt water results on Friday morning. The water fountains have been shut down completely, while other sinks and water sources testing high have been clearly marked with signs that say “Do Not Drink.” We will perform additional tests in an effort to pinpoint the specific source in each of the affected outlets. These outlets will remain offline and/or labeled until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level.
Please be aware that in addition to several working water fountains, there are also water bottle filling stations in both Bradt and Pinewood that can be used for drinking water.
We take these findings very seriously and will keep you informed as we move through this process. Information about the risks associated with lead and complete test results can be found on the enclosed flier. If you have any questions or concerns about these test results, please contact the district office at (518) 356-8201.