More and more test results are coming back from school districts in western New York. And more and more schools are testing positive for having elevated levels of lead in their water.
This is a list of school districts that have released findings that have elevated lead levels:
Lackawanna City School District
Batavia Central School District
Williamsville Central School District
Orchard Park Central School District
North Collins Central School District
Clarence Central School District
Depew Union Free School District
Hamburg Central School District
Lewiston-Porter Central School District
Lockport City School District
Newfane Central School District
Allegany-Limestone Central School District
Portville Central School
Fredonia Central School District
Forestville Central School District
Silver Creek Central School District
I spoke with the Board of Education President for the Lackawanna district. They say they're working to replace pipes that failed test. @WKBW— Jeff Rusack (@JeffRusack) October 24, 2016
At the beginning of the school year, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed a law that makes all schools test for lead. The law states, schools must test every source of water by the end of October. As the deadline gets closer, more and more schools are releasing their findings. In western New York, over a dozen have tested positive for lead.
In Williamsville, only the data for elementary schools have been released. There, Country Parkway Elementary school has seven water fountains with elevated lead levels. Forest Elementary School has four.
An acceptable amount of lead in water is 15 parts per billion. Most school’s results show water just barely over that number. One school has a drinking fountain with 2,850 parts per billion. That’s 190 times over the limit. The fountain is at the Wheelock School in Fredonia. It has been turned off and will be retested.
Most of the water sources that have tested positive will be retested. That's usually done by flushing water through the source for eight hours and then it's retested
We have reached out to the Fredonia Central School District for comment.
The Williamsville School District says they will release more results daily.
If you haven't heard anything from your school district, remember a district has 10 days to make their findings public after receiving results.
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