Canajoharie school water testing underway
To help protect the health students and staff,
water used for drinking and cooking in Canajoharie school buildings
is being tested for lead.
A new state law passed on Sept. 6 requires that
samples be collected from all faucets and other sources of potable
water in public elementary schools by Sept. 30 and at secondary
schools by Oct. 31. The new law requires the district to send the
samples for lead testing at a certified laboratory. Water outlets at
the East Hill Elementary School were sampled before the Sept. 30
deadline and outlets at the middle and high school will be sampled
Test results will be posted on the district
website and parents and guardians will be notified should
contamination be detected.
If lead contamination is detected, the outlet
where it was found will immediately be taken out of service.
Follow-up sampling will determine whether the faucet or the piping
is the source of the lead, and once a determination is made,
remediation work can begin.
To learn more about the new state law read the
Lead Testing Factsheet.