Initial Water Testing Report for North Main

on March 25, 2021

March 25, 2021

Dear North Main parents and guardians,

In 2016, a law went into effect requiring testing of all school sources of water that are “currently used or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes.”

School districts are required to report the results of all water testing to the state Department of Health, the state Education Department and the local health department, and to post the results – along with remediation plans, if required – on the official district website.

The school district has received results of recent testing conducted on a sampling of kitchen, bathroom and classroom sinks at North Main Elementary School. Of the 54 sources tested on February 25, 2021, 42 were found to exceed the action level of 15 micrograms of lead per liter, typically referred to as “parts per billion (ppb),” as determined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). According to the EPA, lead enters drinking water primarily from eroding materials that contain lead such as faucets, fittings and pipes.

We believe the higher than normal levels are due to the school being vacant for consecutive months during the height of the pandemic, and then less populated for prolonged periods as hybrid learning resumed. The district will flush the systems and then have the levels retested in the next few weeks. Below is a list of sources that exceeded the action level.

All affected sources of water at these areas have been posted with “Do Not Drink” signs. In addition, the district has provided water coolers to ensure there is sufficient drinking water available for all students and staff. Students have access to safe drinking water at locations throughout the building. The water coolers allow the students to fill up their water bottles when necessary.  We have not been using our “built in” water fountains for several years.

Additional information about water testing can be found on the Water Testing page of our district website. As always, we are committed to maintaining a safe environment for all students and staff and will keep you apprised after retesting is conducted.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 460-6800.

Sincerely,

Joseph Coto
Principal

North Main Elementary School – Water Testing – Posted Do Not Drink
February 25, 2021

Table of North Main Elementary Water Testing
Room Source Result Action
Kitchen >kitchen Sink #4 17.4 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
2nd grade teachers’ bathroom sink 46.4 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
2nd grade Sink #3 19.9 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
3rd grade teachers’ Women’s bathroom sink  15.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
3rd grade Sink #1 20.9 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Women’s Rm 109 bathroom sink #1 68.1 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Locker Room bathroom sink #1 103 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Locker Room bathroom sink #2 77.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Gym Office Men’s bathroom sink 166 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Gym Office Women’s bathroom sink 87.9 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Office – Room 102 bathroom sink 76.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Office – Room 102 kitchen sink 71.7 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Principal’s Office bathroom sink 24.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Nurse’s Office bathroom sink 50.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Women’s Rm 109 bathroom sink #2 57 ug/L Posted “do not drink”
Outside Room 200 sink #1 51.3 ug/L Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 200 

sink #2

31.9 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 204

Girls bathroom sink #2

19 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Room 205

bathroom sink

28.2 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Room 206

bathroom sink

65.8 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Room 208

bathroom sink

242 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 211

Girls bathroom sink #1

38.8 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 211

Girls bathroom sink #2

41.4 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Boys

Boys bathroom sink #1

74.5 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 210

Boys sink #1

39.5 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 210

Boys sink #2

59.1 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 301

Boys sink #1

53.4 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 301

Boys sink #2

29.1 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 303

Girls sink #1

31.7 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 303

Girls sink #2

26.5 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 302

Faculty Sink

43.6 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 305

Faculty Sink

36.3 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 307

Girls bathroom sink #1

32.4 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 307

Girls bathroom sink #2

18.7 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Boys

Bathroom sink

51.1 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 308

Boys bathroom sink #1

50.1 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Room 308

Boys bathroom sink #2

65.5 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Room 136

Kitchen sink

28.2 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Art Room

Women’s sink

47.1 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Outside Art Room

Men’s sink

36.5 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Kitchen

Sink #1

92.6 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

Kitchen

Sink #3

168 ug/L

Posted “do not drink”

 

BOCES Complete Water Testing Results – North Main Elementary 2/25/21