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.
Per the regulation, the 2020 compliance period requires schools to test all outlets used for drinking/cooking between January 1, 2020, and December 31, 2020, and remediation activities to continue after that time. However, due to the unprecedented circumstances confronting schools during the 2020 compliance period due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NYS DOH extended the 2020 compliance period to June 30, 2021. Therefore, testing conducted between January 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021, will be considered as adhering to the 2020 compliance testing requirements. This extension provides schools additional time to complete proper testing in accordance with the requirements specified in Subpart 67-4.
Results and remediation information are posted and can be found to the right under 2020-21 Documents.
Specifically, the law requires that schools:
- 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 6/30/2021 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.