Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Information

Modified: October 19, 2017 1:07pm

Lead Testing in School Drinking Water Provider Information

On September 6, 2016 legislation was signed into law requiring all school districts and boards of cooperative education services in New York State to test potable water for lead contamination and to take responsive actions.

Sampling under this law will be completed October 31, 2016 and test results will be announced to parents and faculty over the next 6 months.

Schools are required to tag affected fixtures as non-potable and Do Not Drink or take affected fixtures out of service, as soon as they receive results.  These fixtures will remain tagged or out of service until they can be repaired or replaced. 

Local Health Departments are currently awaiting an Environmental Health Manual (EHM)  from New York State with further guidance.

Parents concerned about test results in their children’s schools should speak with their child’s primary care provider about the risks associated with lead in drinking water, and possible follow-up testing.


Information for Parents (WNY Lead Poisoning Prevention Resource Center)

Information for Health Care Providers (WNY Lead Poisoning Prevention Resource Center)

Fact Sheet for Health Professionals (PEHSU)

Frequently Requested


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Fax: (716) 858-8701

Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH)
95 Franklin Street
Buffalo, New York 14202

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