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Lead Testing of School Drinking Water - Report


Every 5 years the district fountains, faucets, etc are required to be tested for lead. No water fountains tested positive as remediation had previously been done on all drinking water fountains. Of the 484 water sites tested, only 14 failed the lead testing. These faucets were closed and remediation is underway.

School Building                               Total tests                Failed
Balmville School                                   29                            0
Fostertown School                               31                             1
Gardnertown School                            28                             0
Gidney Ave School                             43                             0
Heritage Middle School                      31                             1
Horizons on Hudson                            25                             0
Meadow Hill School                             41                             2
New Windsor School                           26                             0
草榴社区Main                                             66                             1
草榴社区North                                            33                             3
草榴社区West                                              9                              0
South Middle School                           39                              4
Temple Hill School                               46                              2 
Vails Gate                                            37                              0       

 

What are the health effects of lead?
Lead is a metal that can harm children and adults when it gets into their bodies. Lead is a known neurotoxin, particularly harmful to the developing brain and nervous system of children under 6 years old. Lead can harm a young child's growth, behavior, and ability to learn. Lead exposure during pregnancy may contribute to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. There are many sources of lead exposure in the environment, and it is important to reduce all lead exposures as much as possible. Water testing helps identify and correct possible sources of lead that contribute to exposure from drinking water.  

What are the other sources of lead exposure?
Lead is a metal that has been used for centuries for many purposes, resulting in widespread distribution in the environment.  Major sources of lead exposure include lead-based paint in older housing, and lead that built up over decades in soil and dust due to historical use of lead in gasoline, paint, and manufacturing. Lead can also be found in a number of consumer products, including certain types of pottery, pewter, brass fixtures, foods, plumbing materials, and cosmetics. Lead seldom occurs naturally in water supplies but drinking water could become a possible source of lead exposure if the building’s plumbing contains lead. The primary source of lead exposure for most children with elevated blood-lead levels is lead-based paint. 

 

Should your child be tested for lead?

The risk to an individual child from past exposure to elevated lead in drinking water depends on many factors; for example, a child’s age, weight, amount of water consumed, and the amount of lead in the water. Children may also be exposed to other significant sources of lead including paint, soil and dust. Since blood lead testing is the only way to determine a child’s blood lead level, parents should discuss their child’s health history with their child’s physician to determine if blood lead testing is appropriate. Pregnant women or women of childbearing age should also consider discussing this matter with their physician.

 

Additional Resources

For more information regarding the NECSD testing program or sampling results, contact Mr. Andy Velez at (845)568-6800.

For information about lead in school drinking water, go to:

For information about NYS Department of Health Lead Poisoning Prevention, go to:  

For more information on blood lead testing and ways to reduce your child’s risk of exposure to lead, see “What Your Child’s Blood Lead Test Means”:
 (available in ten languages).







Date: 2024-05-22 10:42:28





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