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Cohoes City School District tests water for lead, copper

Lab results indicate no issues with contamination

May 24, 2016—The Cohoes City School District recently tested water samples from six locations within each of its five school buildings for lead and copper contamination. Samples were collected from the kitchen faucets and water fountains on each level of every school building to ensure all water used for cooking and meal preparation, as well as all drinking water, was free of contaminants.

All 30 water samples passed state safety standards, with lead levels at <0.001 mg/L—well below the New York State Department of Health’s 0.0185 mg/L Maximum Containment Level (MCL) for Public Drinking Water Standards.

The tests were conducted by St. Peter’s Bender Laboratory, a certified testing facility in nearby Albany.

“With the public focus on safe water and the recent discovery of harmful contaminants in the water in nearby communities, we felt very strongly about testing the water in our school buildings,” said Superintendent Jennifer Spring. “Keeping our students safe is of the utmost importance and we’re very happy to report our water is lead and copper-free.”

The lab results came shortly after the Cohoes Water Department announced tests of city water for perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) resulted in levels well below the federal safety limit and categorized as “non-detectable.”

For more information about lead poisoning prevention, visit the New York State Dept. of Health’s website.