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Water testing results in GCSD elementary schools

UPDATED May 26, 2017—As you may remember, in September 2016 Governor Cuomo signed a new law that requires public schools in New York to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.

On Tuesday, May 24, the district received the results from a resampling of water sources that previously exceeded the action level (15 parts per billion) at all district elementary schools. The results are taken from tests after remediation efforts were made. Those efforts consisted primarily of replacing faucets, faucet lines and shut-off valves. While the majority of the results came back under an actionable level, there were a few areas (sinks only) with elevated readings.

All retested outlets exceeding the action level will have a filter installed and will be tested again. The water testing results for each of the elementary schools as well as additional information about New York's water testing law have been posted on each of the elementary school websites and can be viewed below:

arrow bulletAltamont ELEMENTARy's May 2017 results (PDF)

arrow bulletGUILDERLAND ELEMENTARY'S May 2017 results (PDF)

arrow bulletLynnwood Elementary's May 2017 results (PDF)

arrow bulletPINE BUSH ELEMENTARY's MAY 2017 results (PDF)



Previous results by school


Middle school

On Monday, Oct. 31, the district received the middle school’s water testing results, which includes 95 outlets throughout the building with readings above the action level. The majority of outlets exceeding the threshold are science lab sinks, as well as seven outlets used for drinking and cooking:

Four sinks in Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) classrooms
One drinking fountain
Two steaming kettles (a piece of kitchen equipment that cooks large quantities of food using steam heat), which have not been used during the 2016-17 school year

As of this morning, Nov. 1, all outlets exceeding the threshold have been taken offline or are in the process of being labeled for handwashing only. These outlets will not be used for drinking or cooking until follow-up test results indicate that lead levels are at or below the action level. At all times, the district will ensure that students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

Under the guidance of the Department of Health, the district is working with its consultants to develop an appropriate remediation plan.

The district is still awaiting results for the high school, and will post them as soon as they are available.

For specific questions related to GCSD's water testing, please contact Superintendent of Schools Dr. Marie Wiles.

Results by school:

Altamont Elementary School


Guilderland Elementary School


Lynnwood Elementary School


Pine Bush Elementary School


Westmere Elementary School


Farnsworth Middle School


For more information on New York’s new water testing law, view or download a fact sheet here (PDF)


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