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OCM BOCES Tests Water for Lead Following New State Standard

Results of Testing for Lead in Drinking Water: OCM BOCES
In the spring of 2016, OCM BOCES tested the drinking water for lead at each of our instructional and non-instructional sites.  Although we were not mandated by New York State at that time to test our water, OCM BOCES tested all water fountains and faucets normally used for drinking or cooking to ensure the safety of students and staff.

Over 100 drinking water sources were initially tested, and only one drinking fountain was found to be above the EPA limit for lead. The fountain (in the wash room by Auto Tech at McEvoy) was immediately taken out of service and replaced.  The new water fountain has been retested and results found to be within acceptable limits. 

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law on September 6, 2016 that requires public school districts/BOCES to test for lead levels in all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking.  In addition, the NY State Health Department has specified that all bathroom sinks used by students also be tested even if they are not normally used for drinking water.  Under the new state standard, water sources that could potentially be used for drinking or cooking that are found to have lead levels at or above 15 parts per billion (ppb) are to be taken out of service until remediated.  A sink that is important for handwashing may remain in service and labeled ‘Do Not Drink’ until remediated.
In September and October 2016, 136 new samples were taken from additional sinks and bathroom faucets used by students as directed by the Health Department.  Results have been posted on our website and can be viewed below.  Outlets testing above the 15 ppb state threshold have been taken out of service and/or replaced.  For sinks testing above 15 ppb and not designated for consumption, such as bathroom sinks, appropriate signage has been placed. 

For the results of lead testing received to date in each of our buildings, click on the links below.

Henry Career & Technical Education Crown Road Campus
McEvoy Campus Alternative High School @ Henry
Cortland Alternative School Seven Valleys New Tech Academy
Main Campus Alternative to Homebound
Operations & Maintenance Building CNYRIC
Central Receiving Building