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District lead testing results

2016-17

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts 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 Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

The state established an action level of 15 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.

Schalmont Central School District began testing of all water outlets in accordance with the new law in September 2016. Prior to the law, the district tested all 77 of its drinking outlets in August 2016.

Jefferson Elementary

Results of testing on water samples collected Aug. 19, 2016

At Jefferson Elementary, two were found to exceed the new allowable measure of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” Elevated lead levels were detected in two classroom sinks with attached drinking fountains. The drinking fountain portion has been shut off and capped. Signs have been placed above these sinks indicating they are to be used for washing only. The district will be retesting these outlets.

Results of testing on water samples collected Sept. 17, 2016

None of the 85 water outlet tested exceeded the allowable measure.

Download the complete results of the water outlet testing at Jefferson Elementary School for August/September 2016 [PDF].

Schalmont Middle School

Results of testing on water samples collected Aug. 19 2016

At Schalmont Middle School, one outlet was found to exceed the new allowable measure of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).”

Elevated lead levels were detected in a sink located between two classrooms in what was at one point a science lab in the middle school. The sink has been retested and now fall under the allowable limit.

Results of testing on water samples collected Sept. 17, 2016

Elevated levels of lead were detected in 16 out of 129 water outlets in the middle school. These included sinks in current and past science classrooms, outside faucets, and the unused girls shower. As a result, outside faucets and the sinks in the non-science classrooms will be turned off. Signs have been posted in current science rooms stating the sink is restricted to washing and water for experiments. The girls shower also has been shut off, as it is currently unused.

Download the complete results of the water outlet testing at Schalmont Middle School for August/September 2016 [PDF]. If you have any difficulty accessing this document, please contact the Schalmont communications department at communications@schalmont.net to receive the test results in an alternative format.

Schalmont High School

Results of testing on water samples collected Aug. 19 2016

At Schalmont Middle School, one outlet was found to exceed the new allowable measure of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).”

Elevated lead levels were detected in the concession stand at the high school. It has been retested and now fall under the allowable limit.

Results of testing on water samples collected Sept. 17, 2016

Elevated levels of lead were detected in 46 out of 183 faucets. These included non-drinking faucets such as sinks in science classrooms, showers in the old locker rooms, and a sink in the kitchen used for hand washing. Signs have been posted in current science rooms and above the kitchen stating the sinks are restricted to washing and water for science experiments. Signs have also been posted near the showers stating the outlet is restricted to washing. All outlets with elevated levels will be retested according to the guidelines of the state Department of Health.

Download the complete results of the water outlet testing at Schalmont High School for August/September 2016 [PDF]. If you have any difficulty accessing this document, please contact the Schalmont communications department at communications@schalmont.net to receive the test results in an alternative format.

Woestina building

Results of testing on water samples collected Aug. 19 and Sept. 17, 2016

At the Woestina building, none of the 23 outlets was found to exceed the new allowable measure of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).”

Download the complete results of the water outlet testing at the Woestina building for August/September 2016 [PDF]. If you have any difficulty accessing this document, please contact the Schalmont communications department at communications@schalmont.net to receive the test results in an alternative format.

 

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