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Peekskill City School District Testing For Lead In Water

Peekskill School Superintendent Dr. David Fine announced that the district is testing the water at all of the area schools.
Peekskill School Superintendent Dr. David Fine announced that the district is testing the water at all of the area schools. Photo Credit: Peekskill School District

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. -- After reports of lead in school district waters recently made headlines, the Peekskill City School District  will begin water testing on June 6.

Results of the testing will be shared once the process is complete.

“We have set up a plan for lead water testing and corrective actions if needed. We will be using an environmental consultant throughout this process through a CoSer with PNW BOCES,” said Superintendent Dr. David Fine.

The district will have test results within five days of the lab receiving the samples. Tests will be specific to all kitchen sinks used in food preparation, as well as one drinking fountain per wing in each elementary school which is fed from the same pipe line. The district has a plan of action should any corrective actions be necessary.

If lead levels are found above the allowable threshold, fountains will be marked and turned off, and a re-test will be performed. The common practice of flushing fountains daily if numbers are within a certain range will also take place.

Fountains and piping will be replaced as needed and a secondary water source, such as bottled water, will be brought into the district.

“We are doing this as a best practice and because it is the right thing to do for our students and staff,” Fine said. “Safety and security are paramount.”

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