New state law requires lead testing in water at schools

S-G scrambling to meet the state mandate; elementary schools tested first

In early September, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that required all school districts to test every water tap in their buildings by October 31.

Scotia-Glenville has hired Pace Analytical to test water samples in the six school buildings, bus garage and district office before the state deadline. The legislation calls for elementary schools to be tested by September 30.

A total of 272 water samples were collected at S-G from elementary classroom sinks, drinking fountains and outside water taps. A total of 313 water samples will be collected from the middle and high schools in October.

Lead is a toxic material that is extremely harmful to young children and can result in lowered IQ, behavioral problems and brain damage.

The legislation requires that the final reports and any remediations be provided to parents. Scotia-Glenville will post the results on its website –

Previously, schools in New York were not required to test their drinking water for lead.

This legislation requires all school districts in New York State to test potable water for lead contamination, and to develop and implement a lead remediation plan where necessary.

Pursuant to the accompanying regulations, samples collected must be 250 milliliters and taken from a cold water outlet where the water has been motionless in the pipes for a minimum of 8 hours but not more than 18 hours.

If lead levels are detected above 15 parts per billion, the school must discontinue use of that tap, implement a lead remediation plan and provide building occupants with an alternate water supply for cooking and drinking.

Schools will be required to collect and test samples every five years.

Read more about the new legislation here –


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