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.
In accordance with the law, the district is awaiting test results of all school buildings from a state-approved laboratory. Sampling of water outlets in the elementary schools were collected in September, and middle and high school samples were collected in October. All samples are currently being tested for lead. Results are expected sometime in early-November.
In all, Cohoes is required to test 443 water outlets throughout the district.
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, or otherwise restricted, 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.
At all times, the district will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.
The school district will notify staff, and all parents and guardians, of the results of these tests and they will be posted to the district website. This information will include any additional actions regarding water testing or remediation that may be necessary as we move forward.
For more information on New York’s new water testing law, view or download a fact sheet here.
For specific questions related to Cohoes City School District's water testing, please contact Paul Lamoy at firstname.lastname@example.org