Lead in the Water

Dear Parents, Students and Staff,

On September 6, 2016, New York State passed a law requiring public school districts to test their water outlets, both faucets and fountains, for lead contamination and to implement a lead remediation plan where necessary.  A remediation plan is required when a water sample is determined to contain lead levels above the action level.

During recent sampling and testing for lead in the drinking water here at school, some of the outlets had lead levels above the action level.  Although a vast majority of the outlets are not typically areas where water is consumed, we are taking the necessary precautions to decrease the risk of exposure.  Areas where water is used or consumed frequently are less likely to exceed the action level.

  • Any water outlet where water is consumed  that exceeded the state’s action level was removed from service immediately
  • Non-Drinking Water outlets such as hand washing sinks or single outlet sinks in bathrooms were labeled with the required signage indicating for use as hand washing only.
  • All outlets that had lead levels above the action level will be replaced or permanently removed from service


# of Outlets Tested

# Outlets Above Action Level


Outlet Type

Lead Results ppb



3rd Floor North Fountain- High



3rd Floor North Fountain – Low



Room 133 Custodial Bathroom Sink



Girls Pool Locker Room Sink



You will be notified when remediation and re-testing of water outlets at your school is complete.

Please visit the Quick Links for additional information at Buffaloschools.org. Thank you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 816.4330.


Michael Gruber Ed.D.





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