The Vestal Central School District’s highest priority is always the health and well-being of our students, staff and the community members who also utilize our facilities. The District has taken steps to comply with legislation signed by New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo which mandates that all schools in the state test drinking water for lead contamination.
All outlets currently or potentially used for drinking
or cooking must be tested with a first-draw sample. In addition, beginning in
the year 2020, the water tests are required to be repeated every five years.
District Water Sources
In the Vestal Central School District, the water
source at African Road, Clayton Avenue, Glenwood and Vestal Hills Elementary
Schools, Vestal Middle School and Vestal High School is the Town of Vestal
Municipal Water. Tioga Hills Elementary School receives water from the Town of
Owego. Previously, schools in New York were not required to test their drinking water for lead. However, in March 2016 we voluntarily conducted random-sample testing throughout the school district.
Final Results (updated November 1, 2018)
New York State has set safe levels at 15 parts per billion. The EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) safe-level requirement is 20 parts per billion. Please find final results for the New York State Department of Health's Lead Testing in School Drinking Water from Vestal Central School District buildings. Vestal High School, Vestal Middle School, Clayton Avenue Elementary, Glenwood Elementary and Vestal Hills Elementary had some outlets which needed to be replaced and/or resampled in order to obtain results less than 15 parts per billion. Updated charts which show the reduced results can be accessed for these schools on the right.
In addition, per the NYS Department of Health's guidance, the Superintendent re-identified which outlets at each school building meet the regulation criteria for sampling. The Superintendent determined that a portion of outlets, that had tested greater than 15 ppb in 2016, are beyond the scope of the regulation and took actions to ensure that these outlets will not be used for drinking or cooking. These outlets were then documented in a remedial action plan, which is retained on-site and describes the following actions:
- The engineering controls in place to prevent consumption of the water from these outlets (i.e. signs in the science lab, custodial and technology faucets, locked doors to non-students areas such as custodial closets and hose bibs, etc.)
- Supervision, if applicable; and
- Continued education reminding students and staff not to consume water from these outlets.
At this point, all water outlets used for drinking or cooking in all school buildings have been re-sampled and the levels are below the New York State Department of Health's standard of 15 part per billion. Also to the right is a link to a chart showing final total outlets that required sampling under New York State's amended guidance.