Drinking Fountain, Sinks Cut Off
COOPERSTOWN – Lead levels above the state Department of Health’s safety standards were discovered in one of 48 drinking fountains in Cooperstown schools, and “it was immediately taken out of service,” Interim Superintendent of Schools Mike Virgil reported in a letter to parents dated Monday, Dec. 12.
The level was 17 parts per billion, 2 ppb above the health standard, the letter said.
“Hand-washing sinks in the elementary school classrooms that tested above the state limit were also shut off,” Virgil wrote. “The other sites that exceeded state standards are not accessible to students.”
The findings resulted from a state law that went into effect in September requiring all public schools to test for lead.