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 School.
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 girls’ bathroom.
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 slushy 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.
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 said.
Tests results from the East Hill Elementary School and the Nellis Complex were received last month.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the superintendent’s office at 673-6302.