JAMESTOWN – Lead has been detected in some of the drinking water that was recently tested at Jamestown Public Schools.
That’s according to school officials, who announced earlier this week that the district – along with all others in New York State – was required to sample water fixtures as part of a new state law calling for the testing of drinking water fixtures in public schools for lead.
A total of 550 samples were collected at schools with the Jamestown school system, with testing conducted at all drinking fountains, sinks and other water fixtures. School officials say the test results for the nine school buildings and the Technology Academy found 35 samples (6.4 percent of all samples collects) were over the 15 parts per billion action level.
Jamestown School superintendent Tim Mains said that while they have a few areas that have lead samples that are over the acceptable levels, they also found that in every case the issue was in the fixtures, not the plumbing or water supply itself. As a result, the school was able to immediately turn off the fixtures until they can be fixed. He said in order to remediate the problem sources, the school is in the process of replacing the fixtures, which will be tested before being retuned to service.
Mains also said the low percentage of samples found in the district is a credit to the renovations and upgrades several schools have seen in recent years.
“I credit the low percentage of samples found in our district to the on-going capital projects in each school, which helps us proactively address the lead issue that you might find in an older building like some of the schools in Jamestown,” Mains said in a released statement. ” We will keep parents, students and staff informed of the progress we make to reduce the lead in the samples that are over the action levels by posting updates on our website.”
Mains also said the district will keep parents, students and staff informed of the progress we make to reduce the lead in the samples that are over the action levels by posting updates on our website.
TESTING RESULTS FOR EACH JAMESTOWN SCHOOL
District Totals –550 fixtures tested; 35 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Lincoln Elementary School – 61 fixtures tested; no fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Love Elementary School – 63 fixtures tested; 1 fixture exceeded 15 ppb.
- Room #32 – Bubbler 16.5 ppb
- Bush Elementary School – 69 fixtures tested; 6 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Room #4 – Faucet 19.0 ppb
- Room #21 – Bubbler 26.6 ppb
- Work Room – Bubbler 73.9 ppb
- Work Room – Faucet 361.0 ppb
- Girls Outside Bathroom – Bubbler 54.4 ppb
- Boys Outside Bathroom – Bubbler 28.2 ppb
- Fletcher Elementary School – 92 fixtures tested; 13 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Boiler Room – Faucet 18.9 ppb
- Pod A – Bubbler 17.8 ppb
- Pod C – Bubbler 19.1 ppb
- Pod D – Bubbler 24.0 ppb
- Pod E – Bubbler 15.2 ppb
- Pod Conf. Room – Faucet 43.3 ppb
- Music Room – Faucet 18.5 ppb
- Old Gym Hallway – Water Cooler 17.2 ppb
- Room #5 – Bubbler 18.6 ppb
- Pod F – Faucet 24.2 ppb
- Room #4 – Faucet 18.3 ppb
- Room #6 – Faucet 32.6 ppb
- Room #16 – Faucet 31.0 ppb
- Ring Elementary School – 91 fixtures tested; 9 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Room #12 – Bubbler 17.3 ppb
- Room #13 – Bubbler 16.4 ppb
- Copy Room – Faucet 61.5 ppb
- Guidance – Faucet 71.7 ppb
- Psychologist – Faucet 70.4 ppb
- Room #5 Bath – Faucet 51.7 ppb
- Room #22 Bath – Faucet 106.0 ppb
- Outside Bathroom Right – Faucet 2990.0 ppb
- Outside Bathroom Left – Faucet 45.5 ppb
- Persell Middle School – 25 fixtures tested; no fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Jefferson Middle School – 41 fixtures tested; 1 fixture exceeded 15 ppb.
- Admin. Kitchenette – Faucet 33.8 ppb
- Washington Middle School – 35 fixtures tested; 2 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- Faculty Break Room – Faucet 21.6 ppb
- Central Kitchen – Faucet 19.0 ppb
- Jamestown High School – 63 fixtures tested; 3 fixtures exceeded 15 ppb.
- School Based Health Center – Faucet 15.6 ppb
- Band Room Hallway – Water Cooler 17.2 ppb
- Room #151 – Faucet 22.5 ppb
- Technical Academy – 10 fixtures tested; no fixtures exceeded 15
If you need more information about the lead testing results in the Jamestown Public Schools, please call us at (716) 483-4420 or visit our website at www.jamestownpublicschools.org.