WATER TESTING IN NEW YORK SCHOOLS
tested for lead in all New York schools
In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all
public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law
requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or
potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that
may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a
state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to
take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the
state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.
The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per
liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a
sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take
steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking
purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is
no longer above the action level.
School districts are required to report the results of all water
testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education
Department and the local health department, and to post the results
— along with remediation plans, if required — on the official
Fort Plain Central School District is conducting water testing
according to the state law. Results of testing are being posted on
this page as they become available.
Nov. 23, 2016 Letter –
Results of Water Testing at
Harry Hoag Elementary
document of the test results from Fulmont Laboratories - Harry
Dec. 3, 2016 Letter –
Results of Water
Testing at FP Jr./Sr. High School
document of the test results from Fulmont Laboratories - High
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
Under New York’s new law, school districts are not required to
conduct water testing in buildings designated as lead-free.
Fort Plain School District has no buildings designated
as lead-free, as defined by the Safe Drinking Water Act, so all are
subject to the new water testing law.
SHEET: NEW STATE LAW MEANS PUBLIC SCHOOLS WILL TEST FOR LEAD
EPA: BASIC INFORMATION ABOUT LEAD IN DRINKING WATER
NYSDOH: GET AHEAD OF LEAD!
NYSDOH LEAD FACT SHEET
GOV. CUOMO SIGNS LEGISLATION TO TEST DRINKING WATER IN N.Y. SCHOOLS
FOR LEAD CONTAMINATION
FULL TEXT OF NYS LAW