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Water testing results in FMS

Nov. 1, 2016—Late yesterday, the district received the middle school’s water testing results, which includes 95 outlets throughout the building with readings above the action level (15 parts per billion). The majority of outlets exceeding the threshold are science lab sinks, as well as seven outlets used for drinking and cooking:

Four sinks in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) classrooms
One drinking fountain
Two steaming kettles (a piece of kitchen equipment that cooks large quantities of food using steam heat), which have not been used during the 2016-17 school year
As of this morning, Nov. 1, all outlets exceeding the action level have been taken offline (covered so they cannot be used) or are in the process of being labeled for handwashing only. These outlets will not be used for drinking or cooking until follow-up test results indicate that lead levels are at or below the action level.

Under the guidance of the Department of Health, the district is working with its consultants to develop an appropriate remediation plan. At all times, the district will ensure that students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

*Updated 12/19

A letter from Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles

For more information on New York’s new water testing law, view or download a fact sheet here (PDF)