TRUMANSBURG, N.Y. — The Trumansburg Central School District recently tested water from 64 sources in light of high lead levels found in water at Ithaca City School District facilities.

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The result was two sources that failed the allowable limit of 15 parts per billion and two sources that are being retested due to “elevated but not over the allowable limit” results.

The district said the two failed water sources are as follows:

  • High School Drinking Fountain 10 – Located in the Auditorium wing near the Auditorium entrance ( Not the new one in the lobby) Levels were: .0297 mg/l or 29.7ppb
  • ES Room 26 – Computer Lab in the Library Wing, classroom bubbler. Levels were .0163 mg/l or 16.3 ppb

Elevated levels were found in the following:

  • MS Kitchen Prep Sink.  Levels were .0112 mg/l or 11.2 ppb
  • MS Drinking Fountain 5- Technology/Art wing.  Levels were .0134 mg/l or 13.4 ppb

The district said in a statement that the fixtures that failed lead level allowances — the two over 15 ppb — have been disabled. The district also said the four water fixtures would be retested and, pending test results, would “take necessary corrective action which could include replacing plumbing service lines or replacing drinking fountains or fixtures.”

In a statement from Superintendent Michael McGuire, officials said that the test results are “a strong indication that the issue is limited to those four fixtures. In the case of the HS Drinking Fountain 10 failure, there is another drinking fountain approximately 20’ from this location and that fountain tested below the limit. ES Room 26 (the computer lab) could be a faulty measurement because there were other fixtures tested in this wing, same vintage, and the results were below the allowable limit.”

To read the statement from Trumansburg Central School District in its entirety, visit their website here. 

Featured photo courtesy of Flickr.

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Jolene Almendarez

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