Middle and high school water tests received
On Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new
law requiring public schools in New York to test all water outlets
currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking for lead.
Recently, the district received the results of
tests performed at Canajoharie Middle School and Canajoharie High
At the middle school, 42 sinks and fountains were
tested. Of those samples, four bathroom sinks were found to contain
lead levels that exceeded the state’s action level of 15 parts per
billion (ppb) or .015 mg/L. The sinks from where these samples were
drawn were immediately taken out of service.
At the high school, 120 faucets and fountains
were tested, and 23 returned samples containing lead levels that
exceeded the state’s action level. These water outlets were also
immediately taken out of service.
Outlets taken out of service were:
Middle school: One sink in the
seventh/eighth grade women’s faculty bathroom, one sink in the
seventh/eighth girls’ bathroom and two sinks in the sixth grade
(view the complete middle school results)
High school: One sink in the
girls’ outside bathroom (located behind the building for use during
athletics), three sinks in the kitchen (including two hand washing
sinks and a sprayer used to prewash trays), the slushi machine valve
in the kitchen, three sinks in science room 206, three sinks in
science room 207, three sinks in science room 208, eight sinks in
science room 209 and one sink in the history wing boys’ bathroom.
(view the complete high school results)
These outlets will remain out of service until a
remediation plan is in place and further testing indicates that lead
levels are below the action level. Several other sinks remain
available for use throughout both buildings.
"Please be assured that we will continue to take
the necessary steps to ensure the health and well-being of our
students and staff, and we will keep you informed as we continue
through this process," Superintendent of School Deborah Grimshaw
Tests results from the East Hill Elementary
School and the Nellis Complex were received last month.
(read more about the East Hill/Nellis results)
To learn more about the new state law read the
Lead Testing Factsheet. Anyone with questions is encouraged to
contact the superintendent's office at 673-6302.