New York City’s water is of the highest quality, meeting or exceeding all federal and State standards. The City regulates its own watershed that surrounds — and protects — our reservoirs, and the water is tested over 500,000 times each year at various points throughout the system. Beyond these extensive measures, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) works with City agencies, including the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), to ensure our students have access to safe drinking water in schools.
Beginning in 2002, the DOE partnered with DOHMH and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to test the water in DOE school buildings. Currently, in every NYC public school built before the 1986 ban on lead in construction, the water has been tested for lead. The vast majority are confirmed negative.
For those buildings that had even one outlet with results above recommended levels (even if the test was in the past), we have been implementing a protocol, approved by DOHMH and based on EPA guidance, involving a combination of weekly flushing, equipment replacement and more, to ensure the safety of students and faculty. Flushing has been shown to be highly effective in removing lead from water because (a) flushing builds up the protective coating on plumbing pipes and (b) flushing moves old water out of the system and brings in fresh water.
Read the Letter to Families and Staff from Chancellor Fariña and Commissioner Bassett.
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To see the latest water test results for your school, start typing its name or District-Borough Number into the box below, then select your school. If your school was constructed after 1986, it has no lead plumbing and will not have been tested.
Data as of May 24, 2016.