Corning-Painted Post School District officials say there is no lead problem with their schools’ drinking water.
Tests were taken following the news of lead in school drinking water in Ithaca and Binghamton.
Wednesday night the school board was told that 253 water samples were taken in school buildings in the Corning-Painted Post School District.
Under ten percent came back with lead levels that were slightly above the level that required action.
In those cases the water faucets, bubbles or drinking fountains involved were changed and retested.
All the follow-up tests showed lead levels under the action level.
Corning-Painted Post Director of School Facilities and Operations, Ronald Gillespie said, “It’s important to note the testing was done by choice, by concern that we want to be able to have clean drinking water for our kids and we did that and the findings were great and the few points that we had for any reason of concern have been remediated.”
While New York does not require testing for lead in school drinking water Gillespie says state lawmakers may mandate periodic testing for it in the future.