Oct. 31, 2016
Dear Stillwater parent/guardian,
As you may be aware, on Sept. 6, 2016, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.
This letter is to inform you about the results of our water testing at Stillwater Elementary School, completed on Sept. 28, with the assistance of a state-supported laboratory. Results were received on Oct. 28. Testing at Stillwater Middle School and Stillwater High School has also already been completed and the results are expected within two to four weeks.
A total of 106 water outlets were tested at the elementary school. Of those outlets, 17 were found to have lead levels exceeding the state-required action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). Out of the 17 samples that tested high, there was only one outlet that students could have come in contact with – the third grade boys bathroom sink (66.8 ppb). None of the 17 were water fountains.
The district immediately shut off water to the affected sources, including the third grade boys’ bathroom sink and marked them as “Out of service, do not use."
There are other sinks in the third-grade boys’ bathroom which tested below the state-required action level and can be used.
The district will perform additional tests in an effort to pinpoint the specific source in each of the 17 affected outlets. These outlets will remain offline and/or labeled until a remediation plan is implemented and further testing indicates that lead levels are below the state-required action level.
We take these findings very seriously and will keep you informed as we move through this process. If you have any questions or concerns about these test results, please contact the district office at (518) 373-6100.
Fact Sheet: New state law means public schools will test for lead (PDF)