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(Nov. 3, 2016) As you may recall, the Ichabod Crane Central School District took proactive steps to test all water sources for elevated levels of lead and copper. In June, approximately 275 samples were tested and results showed some water sources with elevated levels of lead or copper within the buildings. The district took steps to address those sources to ensure that water is safe for consumption. On Sept. 17, 21 outlets were retested and results showed none of these sources had elevated levels of lead. Four sources did come back with elevated levels of copper, all of which are located in the HS. The District is working with the manufacturer of these fixtures to determine a mitigation protocol.
All of the precautions we put in place at the start of the school year will remain in effect until each water source with elevated levels of lead and copper has been remediated.
(Sept. 13, 2016) In a precautionary, proactive measure, the Ichabod Crane Central School District conducted water testing, not only for lead but also for copper. Approximately 275 water sources from every building were tested and the District received the results of the test in mid-August. At the Sept. 6 Board of Education meeting, Superintendent George Zini reported the results of the tests which did show some water sources with elevated levels of lead or copper within the buildings. The District has taken steps to address these sources to ensure that water is safe for consumption. Precautions will remain in effect until each identified area is remediated and retested.
"The safety of our students and staff has always been a priority," said Mr. Zini. "I can assure you that the District will take the necessary steps to ensure that everyone has safe drinking water available to them."
On Sept. 6, Governor Cuomo signed a bill requiring districts to test their drinking water for lead.
(June 14, 2016) In an effort to be proactive, the Ichabod Crane Central School District has hired St. Peter's Hospital Environmental Labs to collect water samples throughout the school buildings and test those for presence of pollutants like perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). The District's buildings get their water from the Village of Valatie, therefore the district is not required to test it.
District Director of Facilities & Operations Steve Marotta outlined the process to the Board of Education at its June 7 meeting. He said over 300 samples were drawn by lab technicians in May. First draw samples were taken from every consumable drinking water location. Examples of these locations are drinking fountains, classroom faucets, restroom faucets, ice machines, etc. St. Peter's Lab utilizes the EPAs General Sampling Procedures that can be found in the regulatory Agencies "3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools."
Marotta said the District has been in contact with and will continue to work with the local municipal water department and the Columbia County Health Department to ensure the water quality of the drinking water within our facilities.
The District expects the results by mid-July and will share those results with the Board of Education and the public.