• In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requan infographic explaining water testing  ires school districts
    to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes in buildings that may be occupied by students and to submit those samples to a state-approved lab for analysis. Regulations call for testing to take place again in 2020 and every five years thereafter, unless the state Commissioner of Health requires testing sooner.


    The state established an action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb).” If a sample from a water outlet exceeds this level, schools must take steps to prevent the use of the outlet for drinking or cooking purposes until it is remediated and follow-up testing confirms it is no longer above the action level.


    School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results—along with remediation plans, if required—on the official district website.

    Water Testing Results

    Berea Elementary School 

    East Coldenham Elementary School

    Alternative Learning Center (Maybrook Elementary School)

    Montgomery Elementary School

    Valley Central Middle School

    Valley Central High School

    Walden Elementary School 


    For additional information on New York state's water testing, click here to download a flyer containing frequently asked questions. 

Last Modified on December 15, 2016