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 levels.
Water test results have been received for the East Hill Elementary School and the Nellis Complex. The district has not yet received the test results for the high school or middle school, but once those are available they will be provided to parents and posted on the district website.
More than 140 water outlets were tested at East Hill and the Nellis Complex. Of those samples, one drinking fountain and 22 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 affected fountain and sinks were immediately taken out of service, including:
Nellis: Two sinks in the boys downstairs bathroom, three sinks in the girls downstairs bathroom, two sinks in the girls locker room, one sink in the boys locker room, one sink in the pool coach’s bathroom, one sink in the boys coach’s office bathroom, one sink in the former Nellis kitchen (which was no longer used for food preparation) and one fountain in the girls locker room.
East Hill: One bathroom sink in room seven, one sink in the old north wing downstairs boys bathroom, one sink in the old north wing downstairs girls bathroom, one sink in the new north wing upstairs boys bathroom, three sinks in the old north wing upstairs boys bathroom, two sinks in the old north wing upstairs girls bathroom, a sink in the East Hill nurse’s office and one hand washing only sink in the school kitchen.
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 working sinks and fountains remain available throughout East Hill and the Nellis Complex.
“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 have additional information,” Superintendent of Schools Deborah Grimshaw said.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call the district superintendent’s office at 673-6302.