Last updated Nov. 23, 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
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 the official district website. Our results are below.
New state law means public schools will test for lead in
Fact sheet (PDF)
New York State Department of Health Regulations for new water testing law
New York State Department of Health: Information for Child Care Providers and Schools
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Basic Information About Lead in Drinking Water
Governor Cuomo signs Landmark Legislation to Test Drinking Water for Lead Contamination, Press Release