Water testing for lead in Cohoes schools

Dear Families:

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. The new law makes New York the first state in the nation to require all of its public schools to conduct lead testing on all sources of potable water.

As you may recall from earlier this year, the district tested several sources on every floor in all five school buildings and the results of those tests came back well below the acceptable limit.

In accordance with the new law, the district has completed testing on all 443 sources in all of our school buildings. We are still awaiting the results of those tests, conducted by a state-approved laboratory.

If the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion, the district will take immediate action. The state’s regulations require that all such outlets be taken offline until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the action level. At that time, the identified outlets will be put back in service. In the meantime, we will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

We expect results early-November, and will notify you of the results of these tests and any additional actions regarding water testing or remediation that may be necessary as we move forward.

Please contact Paul Lamoy, Director of Facilities, at 237-0100 Ext. 2361 or plamoy@cohoes.org if you have any questions about our water testing.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Spring, Ed.D.
Superintendent

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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