School District Lead Testing in Drinking Water

Certificates of Analysis

School District Lead Testing in Drinking Water

On June 21-24, 2016, Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants took water samples from all drinking fountains and kitchen faucets in the district used for potable water. The samples were tested for lead and the District is in receipt of Certificates of Analysis dated August 16, 2016.

Five sample points were above the lead levels of 15 parts per billion allowed by the state. Of those five sample points, three fixtures were replaced and two were removed.

On September 12, 2016, Fulmont Laboratory & Consultants returned and resampled the three sample points that were replaced. The results were sent to the district as a Certificate of Analysis dated September 27, 2016, with two of the sites passing. The third site was resampled on September 28, 2016 and additional remediation will be undertaken if needed when results are received.

Further sampling took place at Pleasant and Glebe on September 28; Warren and Jansen on September 29; Knox Junior High on October 5; and JHS on October 6. If any of the test results come back non-compliant, the district will perform remediation as required.

All test results will be posted on the district website as soon as possible.

November 30, 2016 Update

Water samples from Jansen Avenue School, Pleasant Avenue School, Glebe Street School, Warren Street School and the high school Field Houses were collected on September 28 & 29 and October 4, 2016 and tested for lead. The District is in receipt of Certificates of Analysis dated Nov. 28, 2016. A total of 54 fixtures showed results above the levels of 15 parts per billion allowed by New York State. The school district  is following state guidelines to remediate any issues.

Affected sample points are listed below (please note that classroom bubblers are safe to drink from; classroom sinks are not for drinking use):

  • Glebe street has five sample points that were above .015mg/l  allowed by the state. The five points were all classroom sinks.
  •  Jansen Avenue has 24 sample points above .015mg/l. Twenty-three were classroom and restroom sinks. One was the pan sprayer in the kitchen that is not in service.
  • Pleasant Avenue has 16 sample points above .015mg/l. One point is a faucet in the kitchen. One point is the new water fountain that has been labeled and shut off. Fourteen sample points were classroom sinks and custodial room sinks.
  • Warren Street has eight sample points above .015mg/l. Two sample points are restroom sinks and six are classroom sinks.
  • The high school field house restrooms had one sample point above .015mg/l. It is the boys restroom sink.

December 7, 2016 Update

School water sampling results for Johnstown High School and Knox Junior High School were received on December 5, 2016 (Certificates of Analysis Dec. 5, 2016).

The high school had 30 sample points above .015mg/l.

Knox had 19 sample points above .015mg/l.

All non-compliant fixtures have been labeled and will be taken out of service or replaced at a future date.

October 1, 2018 Update

Water samples from JHS, Pleasant Ave., Jansen Ave/PTECH and Glebe Street were collected on September 27, 2018 and tested for lead. The District is in receipt of results dated September 28, 2018 (Certificate of Analysis September 28, 2018).

November 14, 2018 Update

Water samples from Knox, JHS, Pleasant Avenue, Jansen Avenue, Glebe Street and Warren Street were collected on September 27, October 17, and November 7, 2018 and tested for lead. The District is in receipt of results dated September 28 and October 31, and November 14, 2018.