In accordance with New York legislation signed into law on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016, Union-Endicott Central School District began testing school drinking water for possible lead contamination. The law requires all New York schools to test any outlet that may be used for drinking or cooking.
In accordance with the mandate, all elementary schools were tested by Sept. 30, 2016, and all secondary schools by Oct. 31, 2016. Results and remediation information are posted and can be found to the right under 2016-17 Documents.
Specifically, the law requires that schools:
-Test all PK-5 buildings by 9/30/2016 and 6-12 buildings by 10/31/2016.
-Test all outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking with a first draw sample.
-Repeat tests every five years starting in 2020.
-List testing results and remediation steps on the district’s website.
-Submit reports by 11/11/2016 to the NYS Education Department, the local health department and the NYS Department of Health, verifying completion of sampling or noting waivers granted for prior testing and remediation.
-Submit testing results to the NYS Education Department, the local health department and the NYS Department of Health within 10 business days of the receipt of results.
-New York has set safe levels at 15 parts per billion as opposed to the EPA’s level of 20 parts per billion.