Facilities Planning

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water

On September 6, 2016, the Governor signed legislation requiring all school districts in New York State to test potable water systems for lead contamination and to take responsive actions. To implement this new law, the Department of Health issued emergency regulations, titled Lead Testing in School Drinking Water.  Below you will find information to assist school districts and BOCES in implementing the regulations:

  • MEMO issued by Commissioner Elia (06/02/16)
  • NYSED/DOH WEBINAR: The New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health hosted an informational webinar on the use of the NYSDOH data entry system in HERDS (Health Electronic Response Data System) within the NYS Health Commerce System (HCS) for required reporting of lead testing in school drinking water.  This webinar held on October 4, 2016, starting at 11:00 am was intended for individuals in BOCES or public schools whose work includes reporting information on sampling and testing for lead in school drinking water.  A demonstration for “School Lead in Drinking Water Reporters” and other interested individuals was provided. (10/05/16)
  • EPA/DOH WEBINAR: A webinar sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the New York State Department of Health was held on Friday, September 23, 2016 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM for the school community. This webinar provided an overview of New York State’s new requirements of testing for lead in schools. It also reviewed EPA’s document: 3Ts for Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools, which was used as a basis for New York’s new regulation. (09/29/16)
  • SED/DOH WEBINAR: The New York State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health hosted an informational webinar on the recently enacted legislation, which requires all school districts and boards of cooperative educational services (BOCES) to test all potable water outlets for lead contamination, and to take responsive actions.   The ninety (90) minute webinar was held on Friday September 16, 2016, starting at 9:30 am.  (09/16/16)

 

 

 

Last Updated: October 5, 2016