On September 6, 2016 New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Chapter 296 of the Laws of 2016. This law (NYCRR Title 10, Subpart 67-4) requires school districts and BOCES to conduct testing of school potable water sources in occupied buildings. School districts are required to perform water tests every 5 years on outlets used for drinking and cooking and to submit those samples to a state approved lab for analysis. The state Commissioner of Health can request testing to be done 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 specified 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.
The following information summarizes the most recent testing results completed to date. All testing in this round are to be completed by June 30, 2021, including remediation of any outlets exceeding 15 ppb.