To our parents/guardians, students and staff:
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. New York is the first state to require this testing of all sources of potable water in public schools.
On Oct. 27, 2016, HFM BOCES conducted tests on 84 outlets at our main facility at 2755 State Highway 67 in Johnstown, which houses our administrative offices and where Career and Technical programs and Adirondack Academy serve hundreds of students.
The analysis, received Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, reports that all water outlets in the building were tested and found safe, well below the state recommended level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) for lead.
The health and safety of our students and staff are always a top priority for HFM BOCES. While we expected a 10-year old facility to receive positive returns, it is important to follow through to notify our stakeholders of the process and results.
For more information about lead in drinking water and New York state regulations, additional resources can be found on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website (www.epa.gov/ground-water-and-drinking-water/basic-information-about-lead-drinking-water) and the New York State Department of Health’s website (http://on.ny.gov/2cEe50A).
If you have any specific questions about water testing at HFM BOCES, please contact Jessica Kirby Barnes, Health and Safety Specialist, HFM BOCES, at (518) 736-4380.