Check water testing status in dozens of LI districts

Parents and faculty are encouraged to check with

Parents and faculty are encouraged to check with their districts for the latest updates and information.

The following statements were provided to News 12 Long Island on May 13, 2016, on the status of water testing for lead at more than 50 Long Island school districts. Note that not all districts' information was immediately available. Parents and faculty are encouraged to check with their districts for the latest updates and information.


In order to be responsive and proactive regarding concerns about water quality in schools, and out of an abundance of caution, the district has contracted with an independent environmental testing firm, JC Broderick and Associates, to begin testing the water at each of our buildings starting this week. We will report the findings to the Board and the community upon receipt of the results.


As a precautionary measure, the district is currently in the process of testing the water quality. Additionally, as part of the 2013 community approved capital project, water fountains are scheduled to be replaced with water filling stations in the immediate future.


Bayport-Blue Point
Recently performed districtwide lead tests on the water fountains, hand sinks and other bathroom sinks. Two sinks initially exceeded allowable limits, one sink was abandoned and the other sink had a new filter installed and the test came back within allowable limits. The rest of the district’s sinks and water fountains were within acceptable limits. The testing is done annually.


In order to be proactive in its efforts to safeguard its students and staff, the Bellmore School District has contracted with a local environmental consulting firm to test the water. The district will share the results when the testing is finalized.


As the health and safety of our students and staff is of utmost concern, we took the proactive approach of contracting with JC Broderick and Associates, an environmental services consulting firm, to test for any levels of elevated lead concentrations in the water within the schools. We anticipate that the actual testing will be conducted within the next several weeks. Once we receive the results, we will share them with the community.


The district will be approving the contract to test for lead at the May 31 meeting.



Carle Place
District water samples are at the lab.



The Copiague School District is in the initial stages of testing its water for lead.


Deer Park
Only drinking water in use in the district is filtered or bottled


East Islip
The district is developing a plumbing profile of all buildings in anticipation of pending water sampling and testing. Once completed, estimates for testing will be gathered and reviewed.


East Meadow
The district is currently in the process of soliciting proposals for their water testing


East Rockaway
The district was proactive in initiating the testing of its buildings and is currently awaiting the results from the lab. Once complete, we will review the results and make any necessary corrections.


Haven't received response.


In March, the Elwood Union Free School District contracted with JC Broderick and Associates, a nationally-recognized environmental services firm, who collected multiple samples from all primary potable drinking locations throughout each building (for example, water fountains, kitchen sinks, etc.). This testing was conducted in mid-April. The samples were then tested through a certified lab that follows protocol set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). To date, the district has received results from 2 out of the 4 school buildings. Of the 53 water fountains tested at James H. Boyd Intermediate School, eight were found to have levels of lead that were higher than the EPA guidelines for schools. Upon a second sampling of these same fountains seconds after the first samples were taken, the levels were found to be within EPA guidelines for schools. The affected units were immediately taken out of service and will be replaced by the end of this week. The district has also received results from water testing at Elwood-John H. Glenn High School and is pleased to report that all testing results were within the EPA guidelines for schools. As soon as the district receives results for Harley Avenue Primary School and Elwood Middle School, it will inform the community.


Fire Island
As a precautionary measure, the district stopped using tap water and switched to bottled only after Superstorm Sandy. Every classroom and office space has its own bottled water dispenser. The district turned off the water fountains and only allow students, staff and visitors bottled water. Last time the district had the water tested was April 2013. At that time the district collected samples from every water source in the building. Lead levels varied at each collection site, but were all well below the limit.


Freeport is currently in the process of identifying the appropriate company who will implement the proper testing protocols in compliance with the EPA guidelines for testing lead in the water.


Glen Cove
The district is moving forward and will be testing soon.


Hampton Bays
Just concluded testing in all three buildings at numerous points in the water systems and all results have come back well below the EPA action level for lead.


The district is taking the proactive measure of conducting water testing throughout its buildings beginning this week and as results come back, they will be shared with the community.


The district regularly checks the lead content analysis that is provided to us on an annual basis by our municipal water providers to ensure safety. The district is presently contracting with a company who will be doing water testing in all of the schools.


The district initiated water testing well before any mandates to do so. We are presently awaiting final results and will do whatever it takes to protect and properly oversee the health and safety of our children and members of our school family and community.


Through our five-year building survey, the architects and engineers carefully look at our plumbing with any recommendations. Any maintenance and/or repairs that are in the realm of plumbing are handled quickly. As part of our “green initiative,” we have been replacing our existing water fountains with filtered systems; to date, more than half of our fountains have been replaced. These water filtration systems allow students to bring in containers from home to fill up as needed. The district is awaiting clear guidelines and protocols for testing and will be prepared to do so this summer. The health and safety of our students, staff and community is always a priority.


Completed pre sampling plumbing profile for each building. Will now be selecting a contractor to perform the water sampling at each location indicated and hope to have testing results back by early June.


The district has met with a vendor and is currently composing a list of the multiple testing sites in each school based on the vendor's recommendations. Water testing will be conducted at all schools within the district in the near future.


Locust Valley
The district took precautionary measures to test more than 300 water samples. The district’s architects and water engineers recommended several different types of remediation. The district is undergoing another round of testing to verify that the remediations that were implemented addressed any and all issues. As always, the LVCSD has taken every precaution to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.


Long Beach
The district's environmental consultant will conduct and collect all of the water samples throughout the district next week for a full screening.


It is anticipated the Board of Education will discuss preliminary testing of its water at its June meeting.


Haven't received response.


During the April Board meeting it was announced that the district conducted tests and that the results found the water was safe.


The district was proactive and have already had water testing done in all of the buildings.  All results have come back negative


North Babylon
The district has conducted water testing in the past in all of its buildings, and all have had negative results for lead. It is our intent to test all buildings again during the summer months.


Northport-East Northport
In our continued efforts to safeguard students and staff, the district contracted with an independent environmental testing firm, EnviroScience Inc. to conduct lead testing at water fountains throughout the district. Results from those samples concluded that twelve water stations located in six of ten buildings were found to have levels above the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines. Within hours of receiving the report the water fountains were shut down.  The district is investigating the source of the lead and seeking effective remedies, including any replacements or repairs that may be necessary.  Students and staff who are impacted by the shutdown will be provided with alternative water sources.   The health and safety of our students and staff remains our highest priority.  We will continue to update the community as additional testing is conducted and work is completed. 


The district tested its water using an outside lab last year and the water is well within safe limits and no traces of trichlorethelyne.


Port Jefferson
The Port Jefferson School District is in the initial stages of discussing testing of its water.


Port Washington
You may be aware, through recent media coverage, of the growing regional and national concern regarding water quality, specifically lead in the water, in public institutions including public schools. Our new water fountains contain filters that have helped improve the quality of drinking water throughout our buildings. Nonetheless, the district proactively engages the services of J.C. Broderick & Associates, Inc., a recognized expert in the field of environmental services and industrial hygiene, and requested that testing, specifically for lead, be conducted in all schools to evaluate the lead concentration in our drinking water. The District further requested that the testing begin with the District’s oldest schools. Therefore, one month ago, water samples from Weber Middle School and Daly Elementary School were tested. The District just received the test results, and we are pleased to report that our consultant has indicated that no remediation in necessary at Weber. As for Daly, our sampling results raise no concern regarding the majority of our sinks and faucets. However, elevated lead levels were noted in some areas, including three fountains attached to sinks that are not used by students or staff, and one hallway water fountain similarly unused. As a result, the District has turned off the existing fountain and sinks with elevated lead levels at Daly and we will be replacing the hallway fountain. Additionally, the District is on schedule to have water samples tested in all remaining schools within the next week. The nature of the testing is such that it will take several weeks before the District receives a report on those findings.


Rocky Point
As a precautionary measure, the Rocky Point School District has begun the process of engaging an environmental testing firm to undertake water quality testing in all district facilities.


Sag Harbor
The Sag Harbor Elementary School and Pierson Middle/High School water was tested on April 4, 2016 and the results indicate at the time of sampling the water was found to be of satisfactory bacteriological and chemical quality. No discoloration, odor, particles or sediment were noted in the sample taken.



At the April Board of Education meeting, the Board of Education authorized the central office administration to arrange for testing the drinking water for lead in all five high schools.  The District has contacted its environmental testing company and is arranging for these tests to be completed.  Following the results of these tests, the District will take appropriate action, if necessary.  In addition, Phase III of the bond referendum includes the replacement of the current water fountains in each school with new fountains.


Shoreham-Wading River
For the last 30 days, the District has been in communication with water testing companies, and has developed a plan of action for the water testing. The testing will include all four occupied school buildings, the Briarcliff School and the Fitness Center/Warehouse Building.


The Smithtown School District is currently in the process of securing estimates for testing. Over the last number of years, as a preventative measure to insure the safety of its water, the district has performed a weekly flushing of its water system at all buildings.



The Southampton School District is in the initial stages of testing its water for lead and is currently gathering estimates from local environmental consulting firms.


The Jericho Water Department tests weekly for the presence of bacteria in the water, and they test every 3 years for the presence of lead and copper. Syosset Schools are in the 3rd year of this cycle, but decided to proactively initiate our own lead testing earlier this spring – focusing on any faucet or fountain that could be a potable water source, whether or not it gets significant use. We have identified 3 sources in Baylis Elementary and 2 sources in Robbins Lane Elementary that are confined to water fountains and that have levels that exceed safety standards. We are working with our school physician and the Department of Health to determine what, if any, actions should be taken. In the meantime, we have disabled those sources, and will retest the water from them to verify the accuracy of our initial findings. Over the course of the last year, we have installed multiple “hydration stations” in every building in Syosset. These are refrigerated water fountains that contain both a filtration system and a water bottle filler. We will continue to purchase and install these systems as replacements for unfiltered faucets and fountains, and we will encourage their exclusive use for potable water. Our testing is not yet complete, but we will inform the public of any additional findings. Meanwhile, we will also work to identify the source of the current contamination.


Three Village
The district is in the process of obtaining quotes for testing all of potable water taps, and has installed water bottle fill stations that have filtration systems.



Valley Steam 13
Over the spring recess, our district conducted water testing for lead in all four of our school buildings. Wheeler Avenue Elementary School is the only building that requires further review as a result of the testing done over the break. The three remaining schools have water testing results that wall within the EPA guidelines of 20 parts per billion (ppb) for school districts. We received the test results indicating that there were four (4) samples at the Wheeler Avenue Elementary School that were at the ‘low end’ of being above the EPA guidelines for schools. Fountainheads in the affected fountains have been shut off and will be replaced over the next couple of weeks. Fountainheads that have not been tested have also been taken out of service and will be tested this week. Those fountains that were tested and determined to be safe are still in service. We are in the process of having additional tests of all fountains at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School. We have also implemented a procedure whereby the custodians will be flushing out the fountains each morning as this protocol outlined by the EPA helps to immediately remediate this problem. As always, the health and safety of our staff and students is our priority. We will keep the community fully informed as we comprehensively engage in the water testing process at Wheeler Avenue Elementary School.



Valley Stream 30
We have been proactive in finding a company to do testing.  The district has tested in the past.  We are beginning on Friday, May 13.


Valley Stream CHSD
The district recently replaced five water fountains following testing.


As a precautionary measure, the Wantagh School District is in the initial stages of testing.



West Babylon
As a precautionary measure, the district is currently working with an environmental consulting firm to determine the extent of testing needed in all buildings.


West Hempstead
In late April, the West Hempstead Union Free School District took the proactive step in conducting random water testing throughout its schools to test for elevated levels of lead concentration. We have received the results of this testing, all of which came back within the guidelines established by the EPA. To further our proactive approach, the district has decided to expand the testing to all units from which students might drink from (water fountains, classroom sinks, cafeteria sinks, nurse's station sinks, etc.). This testing will be conducted in the coming days. As always, the district will keep community residents updated.


West Islip
The district anticipates testing its water supply in the coming months.


Westhampton Beach
The district has no reason to believe they have any water quality issues in the school buildings, but is in the process of proactively contracting to have the water tested out of an abundance of caution.

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