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WATER TESTING IN NY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York 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 state 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.

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the State Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required on this page.

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 here, and at their child(ren)'s school(s).

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 the business office at 237-0100.

Water Testing Results

Harmony Hill Elementary School Water Testing Results

Completed water test results for Harmony Hill were received by school officials on November 4, 2016 and the district took immediate action.

Of the 88 samples drawn throughout Harmony Hill, two locations showed elevated lead levels of over 15 parts per billion (ppb), as summarized below:

  •  Room 104 bubbler water fountain (immediately taken out of service)

  •  Men's staff bathroom sink near Rm. 110 (posted NYSDOH sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)   

 The new sources will be tested and confirmed to be below the state’s action level prior to returning them to active service.

View Harmony Hill's full test results>>

Abram Lansing Elementary School Water Testing Results

Completed water test results for Abram Lansing were received by school officials on November 9, 2016 and the district took immediate action.

Of the 90 samples drawn throughout Abram Lansing, one location showed elevated lead levels of over 15 parts per billion (ppb), as summarized below:

  •  Room 210 speech/reading enrichment classroom sink (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

 The new source will be tested and confirmed to be below the state’s action level prior to returning to fully active service.

View Abram Lansing's full test results>>

Van Schaick Grade School Water Testing Results

Completed water test results for Van Schaick were received by school officials on November 17, 2016. All of the 47 samples drawn throughout Van Schaick were below the actionable lead level of over 15 parts per billion (ppb).

View Van Schaick's full test results>>

Cohoes Middle School Water Testing Results

Completed water test results for Cohoes Middle School were received by school officials on December 7, 2016 and the district took immediate action.

Of the 71 samples drawn throughout the school, 6 locations showed elevated lead levels of over 15 parts per billion (ppb), as summarized below:

  • Room 101 office sink (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Room 216 teacher sink (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Room 201 teacher sink (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • (3) Room 316 both teacher sinks and the right wall sink (posted signs indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

 The new sources will be tested and confirmed to be below the state’s action level prior to returning to fully active service.

View Cohoes Middle School's full test results>>

Cohoes High School Water Testing Results

Completed water test results for Cohoes High School were received by school officials on December 7, 2016 and the district took immediate action.

Of the 110 samples drawn throughout the school, 15 locations showed elevated lead levels of over 15 parts per billion (ppb), as summarized below:

  • Girls locker room, right sink (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Men’s room, left sink by the ice machine on the 1st floor (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • (2) Room 300, left and right sinks in the back of the room [science lab sinks] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • (3) Room 301, all three sinks in the back of the room [science lab sinks] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • (2) Room 302, the front right sink and sink on the left side of the room [science lab sinks] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • (2) Room 305, the back right sink and the sink on the right side of the room [science lab sinks] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Room 302, front left sink [science lab sink] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Room 304, back left sink [science lab sink] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

  • Room 306, teacher sink and lab 1b sink [science lab sink] (posted sign indicating "hand washing only" until remediation is complete.)

 The new sources will be tested and confirmed to be below the state’s action level prior to returning to fully active service.

View Cohoes High School's full test results>>

Lead-free Buildings

Lead-free, as defined by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, is based on the lead content of plumbing materials. Federal laws enacted in 1986, and updated in 2011, limit the amount of lead that can be used in new plumbing and fixtures. A building can be deemed lead-free if it was built after Jan. 4, 2014, or a New York State licensed Professional Engineer or Architect certifies it to be lead-free.

Under New York’s new law, school districts are not required to conduct water testing in buildings designated as lead-free. Cohoes City School District has no structures designated as lead-free, as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act. All buildings are subject to the new water testing law.