Dec. 5, 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 the Stillwater Middle School and High School completed on Oct. 28, with the assistance of a state-supported laboratory. Results were received on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
A total of 254 water outlets were tested in the middle and high school. Of those outlets, 67 were found to have lead levels exceeding the state-required action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). Out of the 67 samples that tested high, only one outlet was a water fountain – located in the auditorium lobby (105 ppb). The rest of the outlets with samples that tested high are rarely used by students. They include locker room showers, eye washes, and science lab sinks.
The district immediately shut off water to the affected sources, including the water fountain in the auditorium lobby and marked them as “Out of service, do not use”.
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.