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Shaker High School water quality test results

| December 20, 2016

A letter from Superintendent D. Joseph Corr:

The district received results on Dec. 20 from the state-mandated water testing performed at Shaker High School.

The water quality testing was performed in accordance with legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on September 6 that requires all New York State public schools to test all sources of potable water for lead contamination. The State Department of Health and State Education Department have established an action level threshold of 15 parts per billion (PPB). Water sources that test higher must be immediately taken out of service and corrective action must be taken.

70 of 341 locations tested above the allowable 15 parts per billion:

Location Parts per billion
Kitchen sink (off entrance from receiving) 23
Adaptive Education Office sink 54
Boys WR bath sink 25
K-wing first floor special needs stainless sink 25
M-wing first floor girls bathroom sink left  24
M-wing first floor boys bathroom sink left  44
M-wing first floor boys bathroom sink two 20
M-wing first floor boys bathroom sink three 18
C209 front sink by desk  42
C209 – 125 38
C202 left sink 17
C202 sink four 24
Art Gallery bathroom sink left  17
A214 left sink by teacher  29
A214-174 32
A214-175 42
A214-176 76
A214-177 71
A214-179 73
A214-180 25
A214-181 16
B205  left sink by teacher 44
B205 right sink by teacher 110
B205 workroom 69
K-wing second floor girls bathroom sink left one 16
K203 workroom 123
K205 wall sink one  46
K205 wall sink two  72
K205 wall sink three  52
K205 wall sink four 42
K206/204 work room 20
K206 sink near desk 31
K207 left sink by teacher  232
K207 right sink by teacher  67
K207 facing sink left one 58
K207 sink two 26
K207 sink three 18
K207 sink four 182
K208 sink by back desk left 77
K208 sink by back desk right 17
M211 sink by door 43
M211 sink by desk 1 left 61
M211 sink by desk 1 right 45
M211 sink by desk 2 left 84
M211 sink by desk 2 right 46
M211 sink by desk 3 left 81
M211 sink by desk 3 right 201
M211 sink by teacher right 19
M208 sink by door 59
M208 sink by wall 24
M208 sink by desk 1 – one 20
M207 sink by desk door left 20
M207 sink by desk door right 42
M207 sink by teacher 17
M207 sink by window left 373
M207 sink by window right 28
M207 sink by door 2 left 33
M207 sink by door 2 right 22
M207 sink middle left 26
M207 sink middle right 86
M207 sink by window 2 left 42
M207 sink by window 2 right 120
M206 sink 81
M-wing second floor girls bathroom sink four 41
M-wing second floor boys bathroom sink left one 39
D208 sink 22
D209 sink left 42
D209 sink right 55
D210 sink 77
Teachers’ Area womens bathroom sink three 16

The district immediately shut off water to the affected sources and has marked each “Out of service, do not use” until further testing can be conducted and next steps can be determined. If the results continue to show actionable levels of lead, the district will work to replace or remediate the affected water pipes and fixtures. As a follow-up, additional water tests will be conducted to determine if the replacement/remediation was successful before placing the faucets back in service.

It is important to note that the North Colonie Central School District has followed its own water testing protocols initiated a decade ago, long before the state enacted legislation, to ensure the quality of drinking water in our schools. Since then, district staff has conducted random sampling of drinking water sources at all sites in the district and those samples have been tested at Bender Labs, a state-certified testing laboratory in Albany. During the last 10 years, the results have consistently shown that drinking water sources at each of our schools have tested below the actionable level set by the state.

As we have said before, please be assured that we will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the quality of drinking water throughout our district meets the state regulations. We will keep you informed as we continue to receive the results of the ongoing water testing at our schools.

Please call me at (518) 785-8591, if you have any questions.

Joseph Corr

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