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All PA faucets under legal limit for lead, and safe for use

on October 31, 2016

In September, 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.

The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.

All faucets at Park Avenue Elementary School were found to be under the legal limit for lead. Therefore, all faucets at Park Avenue are safe for use by students and faculty/staff.

The Warwick Valley Central School District began testing of all water outlets in accordance with the new law in September, 2016. For the results of those tests, as they are received from the lab, contact Assistant Superintendent Mr. Timothy Holmes, at 845-987-3000, ext. 10521 or

To view the report with results of the lead testing performed at Park Avenue Elementary School, contact Assistant Superintendent Mr. Timothy Holmes, at 845-987-3000, ext. 10521 or

Note – If you have any difficulty accessing this document, please contact Assistant Superintendent Mr. Timothy Holmes at:, who can provide the test results in an alternative format.



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