It is a priority of every school district to maintain a safe and healthy learning environment for its students, and clean water is no exception. In 1986, Congress banned the use of lead solder containing greater than 0.2% lead and restricted the lead content of faucets, pipes, and other plumbing materials. Lead is unusual among drinking water contaminants in that it seldom occurs naturally in water supplies like groundwater, rivers, and lakes. new laws that went into effect in 2014 reduced the amount of lead that plumbing fixtures can contain from 8% to 1%. Brass faucets, fittings and valves - including those advertised as "lead free" - may still be a contributing factor to lead levels in drinking water.
CVCS is in compliance with New York State Public Health Laws requiring all schools and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) to test potable water outlets for lead contamination, to remediate contamination where found, and to notify parents of children and the public of test results. Levels of lead at any water outlets above 15 parts per billion (ppb) require corrective action.
On April 26, 2021, Stohl Environmental was charged with collecting water samples from outlets, defined in NYS regulations as "a potable water fixture currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes, including but not limited to a bubbler, drinking fountain, or faucets." As a follow up to the April testing report, the links to the left are the report results from the follow up samplings conducted November 11, 2021.
For more information about water quality and sampling for lead, contact the Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services at (716) 753-4000.