Middle and high school water tests available
In September 2016, a state law went into effect that requires all public school districts in New York to test water for lead. The law requires school districts to sample all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes.
Water tests at Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School are now complete.
At the middle school, 49 faucets and drinking fountains were tested, and none were found to contain lead levels that exceeded the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb) or .015 mg/L, and thus no remediation is necessary.
At the high school, water samples were collected from 53 water outlets. Of those samples, four sinks were found to contain lead levels that exceeded the 15 ppb action level and one sink, in the former school store, matched the action level of 15 ppb. The sinks from where these samples were drawn were immediately taken out of service.
Sinks taken out of service at GHS include:
● one sink in room 105A (This is a special education meeting room.)
● three sinks in room 108 (This is the school’s former Home Economics room now used for the Social Studies Department office.)
● one sink in the former school store, which is now used as a clothing donation room
Water outlets at the athletic concession stands and at the Buildings and Grounds/Regional Transportation Center on Route 29A were also tested. None of these water outlets were found to contain lead levels that exceeded action level.
"Please be assured that the district will continue to take the necessary steps to ensure the quality of our drinking water," Superintendent of Schools Michael B. Vanyo said. "The district will conduct follow-up sampling and decide whether the lead can be remediated or if the outlets should to be permanently removed from service. In the meantime, students and staff still have access to nearby fountains and sinks throughout the high school."
If you have any concerns, please do not hesitate to call GHS Principal Dr. Richard DeMallie’s office at 775-5710 or GMS Principal Mark Batty’s office at 775-5720.
Testing was also completed at all five of the district’s elementary buildings in October.