The Binghamton City School District is committed to providing a safe, secure learning environment for our students. We have been and continue to be proactive about testing for lead in our building’s drinking water. We were one of the first school districts in the area to proactively test for lead before it was mandated by New York State.
New York State requires schools to test every 5 years, however, the district is continually testing, retesting, and remediating to make sure that not only are we compliant, but that we are proactive about protecting the safety of our students. The new regulations require an action plan to be developed for any outlet where lead levels are above 15 parts per billion. Outlet means any water supply (fountain, faucet, etc…) which is used for drinking or cooking. The plan must spell out any remedial steps the district plans to take to reduce the levels of lead at those particular outlets.
If an outlet is found to be above 15 ppb, action steps will be taken to bring these outlets to acceptable levels. According to the Department of Health, short-term remediation of flushing the actionable outlet for a specific amount of time each day is acceptable during the time frame when a longer-term solution is under development. Long-term remediation may include replacing the outlet, installing a filter, or taking the outlet out of service.
A copy of our test results can be found below.