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.
Although Cooperstown CSD has routinely tested for lead in the past, in accordance with the new law, the district is in the process of conducting new water testing at the Elementary, Jr./Sr. High School and bus garage with the assistance of a state-approved laboratory. Sampling is completed at the Elementary and has been submitted, while sampling for the other two buildings is slated to be completed this month.
In accordance with the new law, 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.
The district will notify the public 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 Business Administrator Amy Kukenberger at 547-2595 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about our water testing.
Please see this Lead Testing Informational Flyer for more information.