Since 2002, the Department of Education has partnered with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) and the Environmental Protection Agency to test the water in DOE school buildings. The DOE immediately addresses issues if they arise. In addition, there are a number of proactive, ongoing measures the DOE takes to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff. In every NYC public school built before the 1986 ban on lead in construction, the water has been tested for lead.
For those buildings that return with elevated levels, the DOE implements 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.
To see the latest water test results for your school, search the DOE's water safety database »
(Note: If your school was constructed after 1986, it has no lead plumbing and will not have been tested.)