Lead Information


Water testing in Canajoharie schools

On Sept. 6, 2016, New York state became the first state in the nation to require all public schools and BOCES to test all sources of drinking water for lead.

Under the new state law, in the fall os 2016, school districts were required to collect samples from water outlets used for drinking and cooking in any buildings that may be occupied by students and have the samples tested at a state certified labratory.

Schools will need to conduct water testing again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, or sooner if required by the state Commissioner of Health.

In accordance with a new state law, water tests in the district’s elementary, middle and high school buildings were completed in the fall and winter of 2016.

Test results

  • Elementary/Nellis results: In November 2016, the district received the results of test performed at the East Hill Elementary School and the Nellis Complex. (read more about the test results)

  • Middle/high school results: In December 2016, the district received the results of tests performed at Canajoharie Middle School and Canajoharie High School. (read more about the 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. The district has no buildings designated as lead-free, as defined by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.


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