Binghamton Schools Act on Lead in Water
Bob Joseph/WNBF News [file][/caption]The Binghamton City School District has identified some drinking water sources that tests indicated had lead levels that were above acceptable limits.
Superintendent Marion Martinez said she initiated a review of water testing in the district this month. She said 429 locations were sampled in the testing that was completed in June 2013.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program Thursday (February 25), Martinez said school district officials met to review the results. She said they showed seven primary drinking sources had higher-than-acceptable lead levels.
Those sources were shut down pending the results of new tests. Five of the seven sources were turned back on after steps were taken to bring lead levels below acceptable limits.
More than fifty other locations not intended to be drinking water sources were retested. The results of thirty were above acceptable levels. Those locations which included classroom and lab sinks were shut down pending further action.
Martinez said she has made a series of recommendations regarding water to the Board of Education. She also sent a letter about the matter to the parents of students.
The superintendent said the district would release the specific results of the 2013 water sampling.
Martinez said the school district is working with the mayor's office, which also has released a statement regarding the city water supply.
LISTEN to Dr. Marion Martinez discuss the school district's response to the lead testing results. The Binghamton Now interview was broadcast live on February 25, 2016.