Mayor Stephanie Miner has announced the city found safe water in all but two schools in Syracuse, following lead tests the water department conducted in 45 public and private elementary and high schools in March and April this year.
Each school, with the exception of Delaware Elementary School and the Syracuse Academy of Science High School, tested safely under EPA guidelines, according to the mayor.
And, the two sinks in the schools which did not meet the standards were removed from both buildings, the city stated.
“Nowhere is it clearer that infrastructure has a tangible human impact than in ensuring our students have safe drinking water at school,” Mayor Miner said. “Every day, we must strive for solutions that keep our water safe, and our community healthy. My administration is committed to being vigilant about the impact of lead to the city of Syracuse, and improving our entire infrastructure, including water systems.”
According to the mayor, the city’s water mains are less vulnerable to lead because they are made of cast iron and, more recently, ductile iron. In addition, she said no Syracuse City School District school, or private school, currently has a lead service line, although, previously, some of the lines built before 1930 were made of lead.
Individuals with concerns regarding individual properties should contact the water department at (315) 473-2609 for additional information, the city stated.
The department will test individual properties with a lead service line to determine their levels, and, according to officials, if residents want a lead service line removed, the city will replace the private service line, and add the charge for doing so to residents’ property tax bills.
Visit http://www.syrgov.net/uploadedFiles/A_Content/Final%20School%20Tests%20Spreadsheets.pdf to view the schools’ full test results.