Susquehanna Valley


Water Testing Update

Water Testing Update The Susquehanna Valley School District is committed to protecting student, teacher and staff health. As part of that commitment, we have been testing our schools' drinking water for lead.

On September 6, 2016, Governor Cuomo signed legislation making New York the first state in the nation to require all school districts to test potable water systems for lead contamination and to take responsive actions if necessary.

Under the newly adopted standards, an "action plan" must be developed for any water outlet where lead levels are found to be above 15 parts per billion (PPB). An outlet is defined as any water supply (fountain, faucet, etc.) which is used, or may potentially be used, for drinking or cooking. Although we have tested all possible potable water sources, please keep in mind that the vast majority of these sources are not used as a regular source for drinking water.

We have taken this new regulation seriously and worked with an outside agency and a BOCES Health and Safety Hygienist that specialize in this work, to ensure that only drinking sources meeting this new standard are available to our students, staff and public. Any sources identified as exceeding the acceptable level have been immediately taken out of operation or labeled as a non-potable water source (not for drinking) until remediated.

Possible causes for not meeting the acceptable level may include:
  • Older fixtures and piping and/or solder
  • Contaminated aerator
  • Water not used for an extended period of time
  • Contaminated water filter
You may be assured that both municipal and well sources of water in the District are regularly tested and meet all safety standards.

We will continue to post our test results on this website as they become available, along with any required Lead Remediation Plans and actions.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ralph Schuldt, (607) 775-9156 or the Broome County Health Department, (607) 778-2847
F.P. Donnelly Elementary School
Potable water outlets tested: 59
Outlets exceeding acceptable level: 16 (8 classroom sinks, 1 classroom fountain, 3 office sinks, 2 staff bathroom sinks, 1 custodial sink, 1 hose bib) 

UPDATE 12-16-16:
UPDATE 3-11-19:
Brookside Elementary School
Potable water outlets tested: 84
Outlets exceeding acceptable level: 4 (1 classroom sink, 2 classroom fountains, 1 custodial sink)
UPDATE (1/9/17):
UPDATE 3-11-19:
Susquehanna Valley High School
Potable water outlets tested: 155
Outlets exceeding acceptable level: 31 (4 bathroom sinks, 1 staff room sink, 1 nurse's office sink, 19 science room lab sinks, 1 custodial sink, 1 kitchen sink, 2 ice machines, 2 wood shop sinks) 
UPDATE 3-11-19:
Richard T. Stank Middle School
Potable water outlets tested: 121
Outlets exceeding acceptable level: 60 (42 lab sinks, 2 custodial sinks, 1 fountain, 1 nurses sink, 6 staff office sinks, 1 kitchen sink, 3 bathroom sinks, 4 classroom sinks)
UPDATE 3-11-19:
Susquehanna Valley Central School District - 1040 Conklin Rd. Conklin, New York 13748 - (607) 775-0170

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