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BCHS water testing results

Filed in Archive, BCHS by on October 9, 2020

On September 28, 2020, the BCSD Operations and Maintenance staff collected water samples at all school buildings in the district, including the high school. These were collected as part of regularly scheduled testing for lead levels in water potentially used for drinking or cooking. The testing is required by New York State for all public schools and was last conducted in the district in 2016 when the water testing law first took effect.

In accordance with the law, samples from 54 water outlets at the high school were tested. These samples included water fountains that have been taken out of service due to COVID safety precautions. All samples were sent to a state-approved laboratory to test lead levels. District officials received the water test results from this laboratory on October 7, 2020. 

One location at Bethlehem Central High School School showed elevated lead levels exceeding the “action level” of 15 parts per billion (ppb):

  • D Wing – 2nd Floor Drinking Fountain (#1)

This drinking fountain, and all others throughout the school, had been taken out of service as part of the school’s COVID-19 precautions. Despite being off limits to students and staff, all water sources were tested. The drinking fountain will be remediated and will be tested again and confirmed to be below the action level prior to returning it to active service. It will only return to active service when these conditions are met and when COVID restrictions are lifted.

A fact sheet explaining the testing requirements for New York public schools can be viewed here.

At all times, the district will ensure that all students and staff have an adequate supply of water for drinking and cooking.

All of the information above, as well as water results from other schools in the district, will be posted to the district website as they are received. If you have questions regarding 2020 water testing at BC, please contact the district’s Director of Facilities and Operations Gregg Nolte at gnolte@bethlehemschools.org.