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Children are most susceptible to the effects of lead because their bodies are still undergoing development and they tend to absorb more lead from the environment. The adverse health effects of lead exposure include reduced IQ and attention span, learning disabilities, poor classroom performance, hyperactivity, behavioral problems, impaired growth, and hearing loss.

It is important to recognize all the ways a child can be exposed to lead. Children are exposed to lead in paint, dust, soil, air, and food, as well as drinking water. If the level of lead in a child's blood is at or above the CDC action level of 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, it may be due to lead exposures from a combination of sources. EPA estimates that drinking water can make up 20 percent or more of a person’s total exposure to lead.

This law (NYCRR Title 10, Subpart 67-4) requires school districts and BOCES to conduct testing of school potable water sources in occupied buildings and to monitor for lead contamination and remediate where necessary. The only way to know if there is lead in drinking water is to test.

In addition to signing the legislation into law, the Department of Health (DOH) also issued emergency regulations for the implementation of the new law that took effect September 6, 2016 and requires resampling every 5 years at a minimum.

The law requires all school districts and BOCES to test potable drinking water for lead contamination and to develop a remediation plan where necessary.


North Syracuse Central School District test results for the period of January 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021*

Due to the concern raised across the Nation in early 2016 in regard to high levels of lead in drinking water, the North Syracuse Central School District undertook an extensive lead testing program on all classroom sinks and drinking fountains throughout the district. At the time, the district was using the EPA’s acceptable level for lead in drinking water of 20 parts per billion. The acceptable standard implemented by New York State on September 6, 2016 is 15 parts per billion (ppb). The action level for lead is not a health-based standard and is based upon EPA’s evaluation of available data on the ability of corrosion control to reduce lead levels at the tap. The action level is a screening tool for determining when certain treatment technique actions are needed (EPA, 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools and Child Care Facilities, EPA 815-B-18-007 - October 2018).

* Sample period extended from December 31, 2020 to June 30, 2021, NYS DOH: Lead Testing in School Drinking Water – Extension of School Lead Testing Requirements, October 13, 2020.

* Posted “Not for drinking or consumption purposes”
Locations with fixtures above 15 ppb:
Lakeshore Road Elementary School Remediation Plan:

Updated: 10/27/2021
Lakeshore Road Elementary
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
1/28/2020 134 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 141 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/282020 153 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 156 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 172 Drinking Fountain   Shut Down/Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 107 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 110 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 111 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 112 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 113 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 113 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 114 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 129 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 142 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 142 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 143 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 144 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 145 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 146 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 146 Drinking Fountain   Shut Down /clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 147 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 152 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 152 BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 152 Drinking Fountain   Shut Down/ Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 155 Drinking Fountain Shut Down Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 157 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 178A CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 170 CR Sink  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 173 Drinking Fountain   Shut Down/ Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
1/28/2020 160 Drinking Fountain   Shut Down/ Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
 
 
 
 
 
Bear Road Elementary School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Bear Road Elementary
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
2/11/2020 124 BR Sink  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 126 BR Sink  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 136 CR Faucet  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 146 CR Faucet  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 153 CR Faucet  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 156 CR Faucet  Removed in new construction  
2/11/2020 157A CR Faucet  Removed in new construction  
 
 
 
Roxboro Road Middle School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Roxboro Road Middle
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
11/10/2020 146 CR Sink B  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/10/2020 117 CR Sink C  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


Allen Road Elementary School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Allen Road Elementary
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
2/25/2020 100 Bathroom Sink  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
2/25/2020 109 CR Faucet  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


Cicero-North Syracuse High School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
High School
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
12/1/2020 240 Kitchen Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 240 Kitchen Sink D   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 257 Lounge Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Main Office Men's BR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Nurse's Office Back Room   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Basement BR Near Rm 022   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 022 Kitchen Bath Room Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 022 Kitchen Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 022 Kitchen Sink D   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 N. PE Bath Room Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Girl Locker Rm Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Girl Locker Rm Sink B   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Boys Locker Rm Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Boys Locker Rm Sink B   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
12/1/2020 Boys Locker Rm Sink C   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


Gillette Road Middle School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Gillette Road Middle
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
11/3/2020 073 Sink Left  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/3/2020 073 Sink Right  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/3/2020 Concession BR Sink  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/3/2020 Concession Hand Sink Left  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/3/2020 Concession Hand Sink Right  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/3/2020 Concession Hand Sink Kitchen  * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


North Syracuse Junior High School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Jr. High School
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
11/17/2020 220 Kitchen Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/17/2020 218 Kitchen Sink A   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/17/2020 Boys Locker Rm Staff Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/17/2020 167 CR Sink B   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  
11/17/2020 Custodian Boys Bathroom B   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


Cicero Elementary School Remediation Plan:
Updated: 10/27/2021
Cicero Elementary
Lab ELAP Id#: 102489 Analysis Method: EPA 200.8:  Metals in Waters by ICP/MS
Collection Date Sample Location Outlet Description Action Taken  
2/4/2020 136 CR Sink   * Clean/change aerator/faucet and retest  


A total of 972 initial samples were taken throughout the district. Twenty Two (22) fixtures (or 2.2% district wide) are not able to be used for drinking or consumption and or have been taken out of service (found to be above 15ppb) as a result of the testing.
Locations with fixtures still above 15ppb:
North Syracuse Junior High
  • 220 Kitchen Sink A
  • Custodian Boys BRB Sink
Lakeshore Road Elementary
  • 134 CR Sink
  • 141 BR Sink
  • 153 CR Sink
  • 160 Drinking Fountain
  • 172 Drinking Fountain
High School
  • 240 Kitchen Sink D
  • 257 Kitchen Sink
  • Girls BR Sink A
  • Boys Bathroom Sink C
Gillette Road Middle School
  • 073 Sink Left
  • 073 Sink Right
  • Concession BR Sink
  • Concession Hand Sink Left
  • Concession Had Sink Right
  • Concession Hand Sink Kitchen
Allen Road Elementary
  • 100 BR Sink
  • 109 CR Faucet
 
Cicero Elementary
  • 136 CR Sink
 
Roxboro Middle School
  • 146 CR Sink B
  • 117 CR Sink C
 
Further explanation and clarification regarding Chapter 296 of the Laws of 2016
Key definitions:
  • “Action Level” means 15 micrograms per liter (or 0.015mg/l) or 15 parts per billion. A level above the action level requires a response (e.g., remediation).
  • “Outlet” means a potable water fixture currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes, but not limited to bubbler, drinking fountain or faucets. Further clarification by the NYS Department of Health added art, science, and restroom sinks.
 
 
Testing Protocol:
Testing water in schools is important because children spend a lot of time in these facilities, and are very likely to consume water while there. Even though water delivered from the community’s public water supply must meet federal and state standards for lead, the building plumbing may contribute to elevated lead levels in the drinking water. Testing the water at each outlet is the only sure way to find out if the water contains too much lead.
You cannot see, taste, or smell lead in water; testing is the only sure way to tell if there are elevated levels of lead in your drinking water.
  • Choose a certified laboratory to test your samples.
  • The initial sample is representative of the water that may be consumed at the beginning of the day or after infrequent use. This is water that has been in contact with the faucet or drinking water fountain and the section of plumbing closest to the outlet.
  • Collect cold water samples in the morning before the facility opens for the day. Make sure that no water has been used yet— don’t run faucets or flush toilets before you sample. Collect the water immediately after turning it on without allowing any water to run into the drain. The outlets you are testing should not have been used for 8 to 18 hours prior to collection of the samples. This is called a first draw sample.
  • Take follow-up samples from outlets where test results show lead levels greater than 15 ppb (parts per billion).
  • Follow-up Samples - This sample is representative of the water that is in the plumbing upstream from the faucet or drinking water fountain. Take this sample before the facility opens and before any water is used. Let the water from the faucet or drinking water fountain run for 30 seconds before collecting the sample. This is called a flush sample.
Results:
  • When the laboratory returns our test results, the concentrations of lead in our drinking water samples will be reported in metric form such as milligrams per liter (mg/L) or micrograms per liter (μ g/L), or they will be reported as a concentration such as parts per million (ppm) or parts per billion (ppb), respectively. Milligrams per liter (mg/L) is essentially the same as parts per million (ppm). Micrograms per liter (μ g/L) are essentially the same as parts per billion (ppb).
                Examples:  1mg/L = 1000μ g/L = 1 ppm = 1000 ppb
.015 mg/L = 15μg/L = .015 ppm = 15 ppb
Required Actions if Levels of Lead are Detected at or Above 15 parts per billion:
  • Prohibit use of the outlet until a remediation plan is implemented and test results indicate that lead levels are at or below the action level.
  • Provide facility occupants with an adequate supply of potable water for drinking and cooking until remediation is performed.
  • Report the results to the local Department of Health.
  • Notify all staff and all persons in a parental relation to students of the test results in writing as soon as practicable, but no more than ten days after receiving the laboratory report.
Responding to High Lead Levels:
  • Provide an alternative and lead-free source of drinking water.
  • Remove sources of lead in the plumbing system.
    • Replace solder joints with lead-free joints. Replace the outlet or fixture/ faucet with lead-free materials. Replace piping with lead-free materials.
Public Notification:
  • The school will make available the results of all lead testing performed and remediation plans implemented on it’s website as soon as practicable, but no later than 6 weeks after the school receives the laboratory results.
  • For schools that received lead testing results and implemented lead remediation plans prior to the effective date of these regulations, the schools shall make available on the school’s website as soon as practicable, but no more than 6 weeks after the effective date of this legislation.
Future Testing:
  • Schools will be required to collect samples for lead again in 2025, or earlier as determined by the Commissioner. Schools will continue to collect first-draw samples at least every five years thereafter, or at an earlier time as determined by the Commissioner.
  • Ongoing Testing:
    As part of the NYS law enacted on September 6, 2016, all fixtures previously tested after January 1, 2015 shall satisfy the initial first draw sampling requirement.

     

Electronic or hard copies of individual or district wide laboratory results can be obtained by contacting in writing:

Superintendent of Schools
North Syracuse Central School District

5355 West Taft Road
North Syracuse NY 13212