CLARKSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Clarkstown Central School District has tested the water for lead in each of their schools after recent media coverage raised questions about lead levels in drinking water.
The findings were that 96 percent of the water fountain test samples were below the 20 ppb EPA standard, 16 water fountains tested over 20 ppb, 90 percent of the sink test samples were below the 20 ppb EPA standard. This result includes high, medium, and low priority sinks, such as science lab and utility sinks. 88 sinks tested over 20 ppb.
Though there are currently no New York State Education Department or other state or federal guidelines mandating water testing in the schools they felt it necessary to answer local concerns.
As a result of the testing process, 1,243 water outlets were identified for a “first draw” test, which is designed to represent a reasonable “worst case” for potential exposure to lead. Included were 365 water fountains and 878 sinks. Sampling took place on April 23 and April 25 during spring recess.
Upon receipt of the test results, all 16 water fountains were turned off. All sinks testing positive for 20 ppb at elementary schools were turned off. Notification was sent to all staff as a reminder that sinks should be used for hand washing and cleaning only.
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