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Rumble of Thunder – Lead testing to keep our Thunder safe

Photo of Dr. HughesOctober 18, 2016

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.

Central Valley School District is in the process of conducting water testing at Central Valley Academy, Gregory B. Jarvis Middle School, Barringer Road Elementary School, Harry M. Fisher Elementary School, and Remington School with the assistance of Madison Oneida BOCES and a state-approved laboratory. We have completed sampling of our elementary schools and are awaiting the test results. Secondary school sampling and testing began on Oct. 17.

ln accordance with the new law, if the lead level from a water outlet exceeds the state’s action level of 1-5 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. ln the meantime, we will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

We will post the results of these tests on the district website We will also post any additional actions regarding water testing or remediation that may be necessary as we move forward.

Please contact Brady Boyd, Facilities Director, if you have any questions about our water testing.