On September 6, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation, and the Department of Health adopted emergency regulations, titled Lead Testing in School Drinking Water. As a result, any water outlet that is currently or may potentially be used for cooking or drinking is required to be tested for the presence of lead.
In compliance with these regulations, Saugerties Central School District sampled 268 water outlets in our four elementary schools on September 24, 2016. There were 22 other locations in the elementary schools tested earlier this year. Of the 290 samples taken, eight exceeded the 15 micrograms per liter (mcg/L) or parts per billion (ppb). They are:
Cahill Elementary School - Basement Science Lab Sink Faucet
Mt. Marion Elementary School - Room 10 Sink Faucet
Grant D. Morse Elementary School - Room 8 Sink Faucet, Room 2 Sink Faucet, Room 16 Sink Faucet
Riccardi Elementary School - Kitchen 2-Bay Sink Right Faucet, Room 208 Sink Faucet, 2nd Floor Women’s Bathroom Sink Faucet
These eight locations will be taken out of service; the faucets, fixtures, and plumbing will be replaced within the next twenty days; and the water will be retested for acceptable levels following the remediation. Any of the eight water outlets used for hand washing and cleaning may still be used for these purposes; however, clear signage will be placed indicating that water should not be used for drinking - only for hand washing and cleaning.
An adequate supply of potable water for drinking and cooking is available to all building occupants of the four elementary schools through any of the other 282 water outlets sampled and verified to be in compliance with Department of Health regulations. Keep in mind that every water fountain and water-bottle refill station has been deemed to be safe for consumption according to these standards.
The full results of all lead testing performed, and remediation plans, are available here. Please be assured that the school administrators and the Board of Education take seriously our responsibilities for the health, safety, and wellbeing of the children, staff members, and community members who utilize our facilities. If you have any questions or comments, please contact the building principal.
The following are additional resources you may wish to use regarding lead, testing, and your child's health:
For more information about lead in school drinking water, visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/lead/lead_testing_of_school_drinking_water.htm and http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/LeadTestinginSchoolDrinkingWater.html
For more information about NYS Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention, visit: http://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/
For more information on blood lead testing and ways to reduce your child's risk of exposure to lead, see "What Your Child's Blood Lead Test Means" at http://www.health.ny.gov/publications/2526/