District officials are awaiting the lab results of water testing performed at Southgate Elementary School and at both the junior and senior high schools. The district will notify parents and staff as soon as the test results are available, and notification will be posted to the website, also.
In the meantime, in accordance with the new state regulations, all school districts are required to report a list of lead-free buildings. Lead-free, as defined by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act, is based on the lead content of plumbing materials. Federal laws enacted in 1986, and updated in 2011, limit the amount of lead that can be used in new plumbing and fixtures. A building can be deemed lead-free if it was built after Jan. 4, 2014, or a New York State licensed Professional Engineer or Architect certifies it to be lead-free. Under New York’s new law, school districts are not required to conduct water testing in buildings designated as lead-free. The North Colonie school district has no buildings designated as lead-free, as defined by the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
See testing results received to date for other North Colonie schools, below:
For more information about New York’s water testing law, view or download a fact sheet, here (PDF)