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Herkimer BOCES receives lead testing
results for William E. Busacker Complex

Oct. 28, 2016



HERKIMER – Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES has received lead testing results for its William E. Busacker Complex at 352 Gros Blvd. in Herkimer.

The water testing was conducted in accordance with a new law signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sept. 6 requiring public schools in the state to test all water outlets currently or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes for lead levels.

Of the 132 sources that were tested by state-approved independent laboratory Adirondack Environmental Services Inc., 17 water outlets exceeded the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb). Of those 17 outlets, 14 were sinks, two were fountains and one was an ice machine.

The water fountains have been turned off, and the rest of them are either turned off or labeled with appropriate signage that they shouldn’t be used for drinking or cooking. Students still have access to other sources of drinking water in the complex.

Next steps include consulting with the state Department of Health and developing a remediation plan for the water outlets above the action level. The remediation plan will be available online once it is completed.

The health and safety of students and staff is of the utmost concern at Herkimer BOCES, which is making its full lead testing report and resources about the risks associated with lead available online by clicking on the “Lead Testing Results” button on the homepage at www.herkimer-boces.org.

For any Herkimer BOCES students, parents or staff who have any questions or concerns about these test results, please contact Herkimer BOCES Health and Safety Service Coordinator Adam Hutchinson at 315-867-2035 or ahutchinson@herkimer-boces.org. .




 
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