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Ossining Schools Undergo More Tests For Lead

The Ossining School District continues water testing after four of its six schools tested positive for lead in the water.
The Ossining School District continues water testing after four of its six schools tested positive for lead in the water. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

OSSINING, N.Y. -- After all but two of the districts six schools tested above the Environmental Protection Agency standard for lead in the water, district officials are currently working with county officials and conducting additional testing.

In a recent letter to parents, school officials said that although testing is not required, they felt strongly about ensuring the water was safe for students and staff to consume.

Since the first round of testing, the district has conducted a second round of testing which included the faucets in school kitchens. During the sampling, 25 of the 30 sources tested were below the EPA's recommended action level, the letter stated.

Five of the 30 sources tested were above the EPA recommended action level. Samples taken at Anne M. Dorner Middle School and Brookside School were all below the EPA recommended action level.

Where test results exceeded the recommended action level for lead in drinking water at schools, in consultation with QUEST, the District decided to close off the drinking water sources.

Currently, the district is working with the Westchester County Department of Health and Health Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler to review the samples and to determine if more sampling is needed, and what actions need to be taken to remove the lead, the letter said.

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