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UV to Test for Lead this Weekend

Unadilla Valley Central School District will be testing for lead over the weekend in accordance with a new state law and instructions from the state Department of Health.

The requirements call for sampling to take place at all water outlets in the school building by the end of this month. More than 200 faucets and other water outlets will be sampled by school staff and sent to a laboratory in Cortland for testing.

“Safety of our students and staff is always a priority at Unadilla Valley. The district is abiding by the new standards and regulations set forth by the state and has been proactive in the past in testing for lead and other contaminants,” Superintendent Robert Mackey said.

Because the district has its own water supply, lead testing in accordance with federal Environmental Protection Agency guidelines has occurred regularly. The district has always successfully met EPA standards in the building since its construction in 2002.

The new state lead testing law requires all public school buildings that house kindergarten through grade 5 students to test for lead by Sept. 30. All public school building regardless of grade level must be tested by the end of October. Testing is required every five years under the new law, which was signed by the governor in early September.  

Under the new state law, a school building is considered “lead free” if its results show lead in quantities of no greater than 15 parts per billion. The 250 milliliter samples must be taken from cold water outlets where the water has been motionless between eight and 18 hours.

The public will be notified of results when they are returned. The results are expected later this fall.



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