WEST ELLICOTT – High levels of lead have been detected in 13 water fixtures in buildings at the Southwestern Central School District.
The state standard for the lead testing is 15 parts per billion, which the 13 fixtures exceeded.
“We immediately began following all regulations and protocols to remediate each of the sources of water,” said Superintendent Maureen Donahue, noting the district was required to collect 196 samples total and anticipates a speedy resolution to the issue.
“DO NOT USE” signs have been placed on the 13 identified fountains and sinks, two of which were hose bibs that did not need to be tested. None of the sources will be put back into service until the sources are fully mitigated and meet the New York State Department of Health Standards.
Lead testing was mandated by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in September 2016 for drinking water in New York State schools. Southwestern tested their water fixtures on October 14.
School officials say all regulations and protocols were immediately being followed for remeditation.
The results of the testing have been posted to the district’s website.