Water Testing

The Hudson City School District is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for our students, teachers and staff. As part of this commitment, HCSD has been voluntarily testing drinking water in each of its school buildings as far back as 2007.

In continuing this commitment, the District has proactively conducted water testing due to regional and national concerns over the quality of drinking water in schools prior to new legislation requiring schools to test their water supplies. (Until recently, schools in New York State were not required to test their drinking water for lead contamination. Recent water testing legislation signed into law by Governor Cuomo on September 6, 2016 now requires school districts to test their drinking water for lead contamination, meaning that HCSD is ahead of many districts in the state.)

The following information outlines water testing and results that were completed in 2007 and in 2016:

John L. Edwards Primary School

Faucets used for the purpose of water consumption (e.g., drinking fountains, kitchen faucets) were initially tested at JLE in 2007. Samples were tested for lead and copper and only four locations required remediation. One classroom fountain and three classroom sinks were replaced. After replacement, water samples were re-tested and all locations came back below 15 parts per billion (ppb), which is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) guideline for lead levels in drinking water.

The entire building was re-tested on September 26, 2016 to the broader New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) standards. These broader standards include testing water from faucets used for purposes other than water consumption (e.g., hoses, bathroom sinks). As part of Governor Cuomo’s legislation, the district will notify families of the results within 10 business days of receiving the reports.

Click here to read communications regarding water testing at John L. Edwards Primary School, as well as complete lab reports.

M.C. Smith Intermediate School

In April 2016, primary water drinking locations at MCSIS were tested for lead and copper. All of the water samples except one came back below the EPA guideline, therefore only a single location required remediation. One classroom sink had lead levels above 15 ppb and was, therefore, turned off immediately. The sink was located in the Family and Consumer Science classroom and, due to lack of use, has not returned to service.

Additional water sampling was done on September 28, 2016 to the broader NYSDOH standards, which include faucets used for purposes other than water consumption (e.g., science labs, hoses). The District has not yet received the final reports from these samples. Parents/guardians will be notified of the results within 10 business days of receiving the reports.

Click here to read communications regarding water testing at M.C. Smith Intermediate School, as well as complete lab reports.

Hudson Junior/Senior High School

Water samples were taken at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School and sent to be tested for lead and copper in June 2016. The results indicated no elevated readings, therefore no remediation was required.

Additional testing has been scheduled for October 20, 2016 to the broader NYSDOH standards, which include faucets used for purposes other than water consumption (e.g., science labs, hoses). Once sampling is complete and the reports have been received, parents/guardians will be notified of the results within 10 business days.

Click here to read communications regarding water testing at Hudson Jr./Sr. High School, as well as complete lab reports.

Continued Commitment

The safety of drinking water at HCSD has been a priority for nearly 10 years, and the District will continue to keep drinking water safety as a top priority for the health and well-being of all students and staff in our schools.