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All East Greenbush Central School District water sources have now passed new state standards and are fully operational. The Rensselaer County Department of Health approved the final round of lab results on Tuesday afternoon.

“Our facilities director Brian Craft and his team did an excellent job addressing this mandate thoroughly and efficiently with no disruption of the educational process,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons. “Drinking water within our schools continues to be safe for students, staff and visitors. Further efforts to reduce the likelihood of contaminants getting into our school water will occur through the proposed capital project as the scope of work includes replacement of some plumbing that is original to the buildings.”

The district began testing drinking fountains and sinks last fall to comply with new state regulations that limited the amount of lead in potable water in public schools to 15 parts per billion.

Like many other school districts in the Capital Region, East Greenbush CSD had elevated levels of lead in some water samples. Of the 796 samples tested, 102 were above the actionable level. Maintenance staff immediately removed those outlets from service and began remediation by replacing fixtures and pipes. Following remediation, outlets were re-tested until lab reports showed they fell beneath the actionable level.

“I would like to thank Matt Banks, Nick Walters and Bob Robinson for their hard work on this project,” Mr. Craft said. “I also appreciate the patience and flexibility of the teachers and staff at all of our schools as we dealt with these issues.”

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