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 Draper Middle School and Mohonasen High School, completed on Oct. 30, with the assistance of a state-supported laboratory. Testing at Bradt Primary School and Pinewood Intermediate School was completed earlier in the school year, and full results for these schools can be found on our website.
A total of 126 water outlets were tested at Draper and 136 water outlets were tested at Mohonasen High School. Of those outlets, 23 were found to have lead levels exceeding the state-required action level of 15 parts per billion at Draper, while three outlets had lead measurements exceeding the action level at Mohonasen High School. Out of the 26 total samples that tested above the action level, none were potable water sources used as drinking water or food prep stations at either Draper or the high school.
All water outlets that tested above the action level have been clearly marked with signs that prohibit drinking. We will perform additional tests in order to determine if any fixtures will need to be replaced. These outlets will remain labeled until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level.
We take these findings very seriously and will keep you informed as we move through this process. Information about the risks associated with lead can be found on the flier linked below. If you have any questions or concerns about these test results, please contact the district office at 356-8210.