Faucets and drinking fountains at all schools in the state are mandated to be tested for the presence of lead by no later than September 30th as outlined in a September 6, 2016, law authorized by Governor Andrew Cuomo. New state health regulations mandate that drinking water in schools throughout the state be tested to ensure that lead levels do not exceed the “action level” of 15 parts per billion.
If a location exceeds the new health regulations, districts must take the following corrective actions:
· immediate steps to prohibit the use of drinking or cooking from that location,
· implement a remediation plan, and
· ensure students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking/cooking during the remediation process.