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Results show district water is safe

Water at the Schuylerville Central School District is clean and safe to drink, according to recent water test results. In a proactive approach to student safety, Schuylerville Central School District officials decided to have water sampling done at Schuylerville Elementary School and Schuylerville High School.

“The heightened awareness on the issue of lead in drinking water in our state and across the country prompted us to initiate testing,” said Peter Riggi, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds for the district. “We are happy to announce that no lead was detected in any of the samples.”

Eight water samples were collected from water fountains throughout both schools on April 28, during the district’s spring break. The samples were collected in accordance with standards set forth by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. None of the samples collected during the water screening contained lead concentrations exceeding the EPA drinking water standard of 0.015 mg/L, or the laboratory’s reporting limit of 0.001 mg/L.

While, the New York State Department of Health and the EPA do not require schools to test their water, the district felt it was necessary to take the precautionary step.

“The district’s top priority is ensuring student safety and wellness,” said Superintendent of Schools Dr. Ryan Sherman. “We will continue to periodically perform water tests to ensure the quality of drinking water for our students, staff and visitors.”