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Some water outlets at WVHS exceed state’s new allowable measure for lead

on November 21, 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.

The Warwick Valley Central School District began testing of all water outlets in accordance with the new law in September, 2016. The results of those tests, as they are received from the lab, are available here.

Results of testing on water samples at Warwick Valley High School, collected 10/15/2016
Results from the first round of testing at the High School: of the 150 faucets tested, 8 were over the allowable limit.

To request a copy of the results of the water outlet testing at Warwick Valley High School building in October 2016 (175 pages), contact Assistant Superintendent Timothy Holmes at: tholmes@wvcsd.org.

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