BELLEVILLE HENDERSON CENTRAL SCHOOL8372 County Route 75Adams, NY 13605Maine Office: 315-846-5411Guidance Office: 315-846-5825District Office:315-846-5826Fax: 315-846-5617
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.