Water Testing Results: Queensbury High School
Letter Issued on October 24, 2016Dear 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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call (518) 824-4626.Sincerely,Damian Switzer, PrincipalQueensbury High School Water Testing Results:Water Sources Above the New York State Action Level of 15 ppb
- 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.
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