Recent events in the news have highlighted water conditions in several cities across this country. Additionally, during the recent New York State legislation session, a bill was passed specifically pertaining to water testing in school districts.
Our students are as precious to us as they to you so with the assistance of the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Health and Safety Office samples from drinking water were taken. Sources such as water bubblers, drinking fountains, and sinks typically used for water consumption were sampled.Additionally, such locations as custodial closet slop sinks, bathroom sinks and other locations that are not typically used as sources of drinking water were also tested.
The results of the teasing revealed lead concentration above the New York State Department of Health requirement of 15 ppb (part per billion), this is a localized issue dealing with the water fixtures themselves not an issue pertaining to the water supply. These elevated levels can be a result of many factors, such as, age of the fixture (original construction) or lack of use.
We have taken the action of isolating the three affected locations: one drinking fountain and two sinks. The drinking fountain that tested below standard has been disconnected and labeled, “Out of Order.”The two sink locations (the one in kindergarten and the one in the Men’s Room near the gym) that tested below standard are labeled and may be used for personal hygiene but not for drinking purposes.
We are evaluating what our next options are; they may include replacement or removal of the water fountain based on use.
To view all of the sample results please visit our website.