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Water quality testing

Since September 2016, the district has been continually receiving results of water quality testing that was performed in all North Colonie schools in accordance with legislation signed by Governor Cuomo on Sept. 6. The new law 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. Water sources that test higher must be immediately taken out of service and corrective action must be taken.

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.

The following list of protocols have been put into place if a water source came back above 15 parts per billion.

  • Shut off water to any affected sources until a second round of testing can be conducted
  • If results continue to show actionable levels of lead, the district will work to replace or remediate the affected water pipes and fixtures
  • Conduct additional water tests to determine if the replacement/remediation was successful before placing the faucets back in service.

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.

D. Joseph Corr

Resources for parents

New York State Department of Health Regulations for new water testing law

New York State Department of Health: Information for Child Care Providers and Schools

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency: Basic Information About Lead in Drinking Water

Governor Cuomo signs Landmark Legislation to Test Drinking Water in New York Schools for Lead Contamination, Press Release