ECS Lead Testing Information
March 7, 2017 - Lead Testing Update
Get Ahead of Lead! Get the Lead Out of Drinking Water by NYS
January 4, 20 I 7
Edmeston Central School
Gary Furman, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools 1 1 North Street, Edmeston NY 13335 firstname.lastname@example.org
Phone (607) 965-8931 Fax (607)965-8942
Dear Parcnt(s) or Guardian(s ):
N YS Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation on September 6, 2016 req uiring all school
d istricts and 130CES to test potable water systems ( faucets and drinking fountai ns) for lead and take responsive actions. The Edmeston Central School District completed the req ui red sampling on Septem ber 24. 201 6. There were 1 17 samples i n total, covering every outlet required to be tested. The samples were taken from water outlets that i ncluded : drink i ng fountai ns. classroom faucets/si nks. bathroom fa ucets/si n ks. and the cafeteria's outlets. All samples were collected by Josh Reiss, Sa fety/R i sk Management Coordinator at ONC BOC ES, based on the US EPA 's 3Ts for Reduci ng Lead i n Dri nk ing Water i n Schools. The samples were sent to M icrobac Laboratories. I nc. l<i r analysi s.
The "on-again. oflagain" nature of water use at most schools can raise lead levels i n school drinking water. Water that remai ns i n pipes overnight, over a weekend. or over vacation periods stays i n contact wi th lead pi pes or lead solder and. as a resu lt, could contain hi gher levels of lead. This is why schools arc req ui red to collect a sample alter the water has been sitting in the pl umbi ng system !o' r a ce1iain period of time between 8 and 18 hours, This ··fi rst draw'' sample is li kely to show higher level s of lead frir that outlet than what you would sec i f you sampled after using the water conti nuously. However, even i f the first draw sample docs not reflect what you wou ld sec wi th contin uous usage, i t is sti l l impmian t because it can identi fy outlets that have elevated lead levels.
The N YS legislation states that if lead levels arc above 15 parts per bi llion at any water outlet, the school must post signs ind icating that the water from the outlet is not to be used for drinki ng,
The water outl et must be re-tested. If the second tcst resul ts i nd icate that the outlet is i n
compliance, i t ma y be used again fi:ir drink i ng water. If the second test resul ts i nd icated that the outlet cont i nues to exceed the 1 5 parts per bi llion. then the water foature wi l l be replaced and testi ng completed again.
P.O. Box 5129 • I I North SI. • Edmeston, NY 1 3335 Home of the Panthers
None of these locations were d ri n k i ng fountains. The locations and lead level s are listed below:
These l ocations arc pri mari l y used for washi ng hands. Signs ( Do Not Drin k the Water) have been posted at each location. Teachers have instructed students not to use these faucets for
d ri nk ing water. The school district has scheduled a second sample test of these faucets for Thursday. January 5.
Accord ing to the Envi ronmental Protection Agency (EPA). lead in drinking water is rarel y the sole cause of lead poisoning. For more information about prevention and risks to lead exposure, please contact your fami ly physician or consult the EPA 's websi te 1 _1y.cpa.uov. You may also contact t he Otsego Department of I Tealth at (607) 547-4230 with your q uestions.
Pl ease be assured that the Edmeston Central School District continues to be proactive in efforts to keep our students and staff safe. I n formation has been posted on the district websi te. If you have any questions, please feel li·ee to contact me.
Gary Furman. Ed.D.