BELLEVILLE HENDERSON CENTRAL SCHOOL
Re: Water Testing Follow Up
Date: January 4, 2017
We are happy to report that all of our
drinking water is fine as Mr. Kiblin along with the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES have
tested and resolved any issues.
Recent events in the news have highlighted water conditions
in several cities across this country. Additionally, during the recent New York
State legislation session, a bill was passed specifically pertaining to water
testing in school districts.
Our district with the
assistance of the Jefferson-Lewis BOCES Health and Safety Office took samples
from drinking water sources such as water bubblers, drinking fountains, and
sinks typically used for water consumption. Additionally, such locations as
custodial closet slop sinks, bathroom sinks, and other locations that are not
typically used as sources of drinking water were also tested.
The results of the testing revealed lead concentration above
the New York State Department of Health requirement of 15 ppb (part per
billion) in one area. This is a localized issue dealing with the water fixtures
themselves not an issue pertaining to the water supply. These elevated levels
can be a result of many factors, such as, age of the fixture (original
construction) or lack of use.
The district has taken the action of isolating the affected
location. The students have many locations for water such as drinking fountains
that have tested below the standard. The students may still utilize the one sink
location for personal hygiene use but not for drinking purposes. We have posted
the location until it is retested.
The area affected was a slop sink which has
been removed and will be retested prior to being placed back into service.
Should you have any questions please feel free
to contact us at 315-846-5825.
Thank you all for your patience.