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District to test for lead in drinking water

In accordance with New York legislation signed into law on Tuesday, Sept. 6, Central Valley School District will begin testing school drinking water for possible lead contamination. The law requires all New York schools to test any outlet that may be used for drinking or cooking.

In accordance with the mandate, Fisher Elementary, Barringer Road Elementary, and Jarvis Middle School will be tested by Sept. 30. Central Valley Academy will be tested by Oct. 31. Results and remediation information will be posted on the district website.

Specifically, the law requires that schools:

  • Test all PK-5 buildings by 9/30/2016 and 6-12 buildings by 10/31/2016.
  • Test all outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking with a first draw sample.
  • Repeat tests every five years.
  • List testing results and remediation steps on the district’s website; including any work prior to the regulation.
  • Submit reports by 11/11/2016 to the NYS Education Department, the local health department and the NYS Department of Health, verifying completion of sampling or noting waivers granted for prior testing and remediation.
  • Submit testing results to the NYS Education Department, the local health department and the NYS Department of Health within 10 business days of the receipt of results.

New York has set safe levels at 15 parts per billion as opposed to the EPA’s level of 20 parts per billion.