Water Safety in Our Schools
Water Testing Q&A
On September 6, 2016, New York State passed a law requiring public school districts to test their water outlets for lead contamination and to implement a lead remediation plan where necessary.
In compliance with the new legislation, the Williamsville Central School District completed water testing at all its schools for traces of lead ahead of the October 31, 2016 deadline. The water sampling and analysis was conducted by EMSL Analytical, Inc. a New York State certified testing laboratory. In drawing the samples, water must be motionless in pipes for a minimum of eight hours.
Samples were collected and tested from 2,459 water outlets across Williamsville’s 13 schools and the district office. The district has begun to receive testing results at a rate of about 60 samples per day from EMSL Analytical and will report the results on a daily basis by school. These reports are available below (pdf format).
Any water outlet that exceeds the state’s action level of 15 ppb (parts per billion) is removed from service immediately. Those outlets will be remediated and retested by the certified laboratory before being used again. Remediation may include changing the faucet/fixture, adding filtration, or adding appropriate labeling to certain fixtures as non-drinking water outlets such as custodial sinks and outside water faucets. Bottled water will be available for student and staff use if necessary.
Additional information on water testing for lead may be found at the New York State Department of Education Facility Planning website, www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/.
- Erie County Department of Health: http://www2.erie.gov/health/
- NYS Department of Health: https://www.health.ny.gov/environmental/lead/child_care_providers.htm
- NYS Education Department Facilities Planning: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/facplan/
- EPA-Environmental Protection Agency: https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/lead-drinking-water-schools-and-child-care-facilities
- CDC-Centers for Disease Control: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/leadinwater/
Water Testing Results
As of January 2017, the district received all first-run water test results. Samples from outlets that required remediation are being retested, as required by law, and these follow-up results will be reported, below, along with the original samples.
June 19, 2017 - Final water test report. All water outlets have been resolved. There are no outstanding tests.
March 20, 2017 - Retest results. The district is awaiting retesting results on 32 other locations (highlighted on the report.)
Retest Results by Building
January 27, 2017 - These reports contain information on all of the district's original water test samples.
January 13, 2017 - Updated report shows full initial results for samples from all buildings except Williamsville South.
January 4, 2017 - New test results added for East High School
January 3, 2017 - New test results added for Casey Middle School.
December 28, 2016 - No new test results (Summary Report unchanged). Added information re. status of remediation efforts at certain schools.
December 23, 2016 - New Results added for Transit Middle School
December 22, 2016 - New results added for Mill Middle School.
December 21, 2016 - Some new results added for North High; Mill, Casey and Heim middle schools.
December 19, 2016 - Updated remediation efforts at South High School
December 15, 2016 - Updated results include more test results from Williamsville South, East, North, and Heim Middle schools.
December 13, 2016 *NEW* Partial results added for Casey Middle and the AIM Building, as well as remediation updates for East High and Transit Middle schools. As of this report, partial results are in for all schools. Still waiting on results for the district office.
December 12, 2016
December 9, 2016 - **NEW**PARTIAL Results added for Transit Middle and Heim Middle Schools. Of 28 sample results from Transit, three exceeded the max level. At Heim Middle, six of 41 samples tested so far exceeded the allowable lead content.
December 8, 2016 - **NEW**PARTIAL Results added for Williamsville North and Mill Middle schools. 70 samples tested for each. Twelve locations at North exceeded the maximum level and 17 samples at Mill middle exceeded the maximum level.
December 6, 2016 - **NEW** Results added for Williamsville East HS. 10 of 20 water outlets at East that exceeded the lead threshold are located in science labs and are already designated as non-drinking water outlets.
November 16, 2016 - **NEW** Results added for Williamsville South HS. 27 of the 30 water outlets at South that exceeded the lead threshold are located in science labs and are already designated as non-drinking water outlets.
November 2, 2016 - Below are links to the official EMSL Analytical, Inc. lab reports, by school:
COUNTRY PARKWAY ELEMENTARY
MAPLE EAST ELEMENTARY
MAPLE WEST ELEMENTARY
*Report contains information on two school buildings. Reports are addressed to Keith Langlotz, Director of Facilities for Williamsville Central Schools.
November 1, 2016 - To date, the district has not received test results for the middle or high schools. Remediation work and retesting is underway at the elementary schools.
- Summary Report - No Update
- Results by Building - Some retest results included for remediated fixtures in elementary schools
October 27, 2016
- Summary Report (no change - shows elementary school results)
- Results by building **New** - Remediation (to date) information added
October 25, 2016 - PM
Additional results for elementary school outlets (Maple East and Maple West) included in updated report.
October 25, 2016 - AM
No new results have been received. Some descriptions modified for water outlets cited that do not impact students (e.g. custodial areas)
October 24, 2016
Elementary School water testing results.
October 21, 2016