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The East Greenbush Central School District began water quality testing earlier this month in accordance with state law to determine the amount of lead that exists in drinking water.

Water received from municipal water sources is tested on a regular basis for contaminants such as lead. However, testing individual fixtures in schools has shown that lead from piping, solder, or fixtures can leach into the water in small amounts after it has entered the building and prior to consumption.

As of March 23, testing has been completed at all schools except Columbia High School and the district has received results for Bell Top, Donald P. Sutherland and Green Meadow Elementary Schools. The deadline for this year’s testing is June 30, 2021.

Of the 169 results we have received from the laboratory so far, 20 outlets were above the New York State Department of Health’s threshold of 15 parts per billion of lead in water, and none were from drinking fountains.

Any outlets above 15 parts per billion of lead will be remediated and resampled.

Bell Top Elementary
Testing completed. No outlets above 15 parts per billion.

Donald P. Sutherland Elementary 

  1. Conference Room Sink
  2. Girl’s Bathroom Sink – Second from Left
  3. Room 18 – Right Faucet
  4. Boy’s Bathroom by Room 13 – Center Sink Faucet
  5. Boy’s Bathroom by Room 13 – Right Sink Faucet
  6. Room 26 Sink – Outside Bathroom
  7. Room 32 – Classroom Sink
  8. Room 36 – Main Classroom Sink
  9. Room 37 – Main Classroom Sink
  10. Room 40 – Main Classroom Sink
  11. Room 30 – Nurses Office Sink
  12. Room 60 – Classroom Sink

Genet Elementary
Testing completed. Waiting for results.

Green Meadow Elementary 

  1. Room 5 (Music Room) – Right Faucet
  2. Room 1 – Main Classroom Faucet
  3. Room 2 – Main Classroom Faucet
  4. Kitchen Bathroom
  5. Room 16 – Library Office Sink
  6. Room 22 Classroom Sink
  7. Room 29 Classroom Sink
  8. Kitchen Steam Table

Red Mill Elementary
Testing completed. Waiting for results.

Goff Middle School
Testing completed. Waiting for results.

Columbia High School
Testing scheduled for Thursday, April 1.

The district will post all of the laboratory results on our website once the water testing is complete. 

For more information on lead in water please refer to the link below at the NYS Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/water/drinking/lead/lead_testing_of_school_drinking_water.htm