Island Park UFSD
Lead Testing Results and Remediation
The district reported information about its lead testing plan and lead sampling results to the public at its Board of Education Meetings in July and August 2016 as well as at meetings with relevant teacher, employees, and members of its parent-teacher association in August 2016.
The district developed a comprehensive plan in conjunction with recommendations provided by the Nassau BOCES Health and Safety Officer. At the time, the district was proactive as there were no state or education department regulations pertaining to lead testing in schools. The primary source of guidance provided through Nassau BOCES was by the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The district’s plan comprised three phases. Phase One included a district-wide plumbing profile conducted in the spring of 2016. This identified and mapped out all water outlets. Phase Two was a set of sampling tests conducted during the summer of 2016 of all potable outlets, e.g., drinking fountains, bubblers, ice machines, and faucets used for food preparation. Phase Three focused on remediation of all outlets that exceeded 15 ppb (parts per billion), though at the time EPA guidelines required only outlets that exceeded 20 ppb to be remediated. Thus, the district took a conservative and health-minded approach to remediation. Recently, this standard was embraced by the New York State Department of Health (DOH).
The following is a summary of the report received by the district and remediation efforts completed by Aug 30, 2016:
with same faucet as in in FXH Map Location 26, which passed retesting. Same results are anticipated.* The incorrect faucet was replaced initially. The correct faucet was replaced, subsequently, and retested; results pending. Note: faucet replaced
** District installed lead reduction water filters in water coolers. However, JCB lab lost test results. Locations were re-tested; results pending.
On September 6, 2016, the Governor signed legislation requiring school districts to test all water outlets, including those that are not customarily used for drinking, e.g., sink faucets in lavatories, outdoor spigots, etc. It completed the testing. Results are pending and will be posted upon receipt. Any further recommendations for remediation, if any, will be followed.
In addition to the steps taken by the district above, the district is also following NYS, EPA, and New York State Department of Health recommendations to:
- perform aggressive flushing of the building’s plumbing system after extended vacations or any other time periods when the water remains stagnant in the building’s plumbing longer than usual.
- maintain all drinking outlets (cleaning screens, aerators and changing filters appropriately).
- educate building occupants of “best practices” such as only using cold water for food and beverage preparation and running water before each use or drinking.
- communicate with building occupants the location of all non-potable faucet locations. (The district is in the process of posting signs at all water outlets noting if the water is potable or non-potable.)
The full sampling reports follow in the hyperlinks provided below. The results of all district testing is reported directly by JC Broderick & Associated directly to the New York State Department of Health.