Water Testing Results: Queensbury High School

  • Letter Issued on October 24, 2016
     
    Dear parents and guardians:
     
    Queensbury Union Free School District recently sent home letters to all student households regarding 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. You may recall the district shared that it had begun the water testing process for all Queensbury buildings, with the assistance of a state-approved laboratory.
     
    The district has so far received the results for only one of its school buildings, Queensbury High School. At the high school, the district tested 97 water outlets and found six sinks and four exterior hose bibs had lead levels above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion. None of the 10 sources above the action level are designated for drinking or cooking purposes (see chart below). 
    • Sinks ⎼ At all six handwashing sinks, there are now signs reminding users that the sinks should be used for handwashing only and not drinking. 
    • Hose bibs ⎼ An exterior hose bib is an outdoor water faucet, commonly used with garden hoses. Turning on a hose bib at the high school requires a key from buildings and grounds staff. The four exterior hose bibs that tested above the state’s action level will remain locked while the district posts weather-resistant signage indicating they are not to be used for drinking purposes.
    The district will retest these sinks and hose bibs to verify the exact source of the lead contamination so it can develop appropriate remediation plans. The high school remediation plans and water testing results, along with those for all Queensbury buildings, will be posted online as they become available, in accordance with state law.
     
    If you have any questions about water testing at the high school, please email reply@queensburyschool.org or call (518) 824-4626.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Damian Switzer, Principal
     
     
    Queensbury High School Water Testing Results:
    Water Sources Above the New York State Action Level of 15 ppb
     
     Sample Location  Analyte Results (ppb)   NYSDOH Action Level (ppb) Immediate District Response 
     Sink: Shop Room 148  Lead  20.0  15 Sign posted, retesting planned
     Sink: Faculty Bath by Main Office  Lead  16.2  15 Sign posted, retesting planned
     Sink: Nurse Office Sink  Lead  33.1  15 Sign posted, water bottles provided, retesting planned
     Sink: Boys Locker Coach Sink  Lead  230  15 Sign posted, retesting planned
     Sink: Girls Locker Sink 1  Lead  20.3  15 Sign posted, retesting planned
     Sink: Student bathroom by 256  Lead  24.8  15 Sign posted, retesting planned
     Exterior Hose Bib: West Side  Lead  419  15 Source locked, weather-resistant sign to be posted, retesting planned
     Exterior Hose Bib: East Side  Lead  1,900  15 Source locked, weather-resistant sign to be posted, retesting planned
     Exterior Hose Bib: North Side  Lead  75.9  15 Source locked, weather-resistant sign to be posted, retesting planned
     Exterior Hose Bib: NW Corner of Multi-purpose Building
    (located at QHS football stadium, used for equipment usage/storage, toilets, concessions)
     Lead  79.5  15 Source locked, weather-resistant sign to be posted, retesting planned