RCS District Office
P.O. Box 100
15 Mountain Road
Ravena, NY 12143
(518) 756-5200
Robert K. Libby,

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Water Testing Results: RCS Middle School


Letter issued on Dec. 19

Dear RCS Middle School Families:

As you may be aware, the district conducted water testing of all drinking fountains and cafeteria faucets at Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School last spring and the results showed that no source exceeded the state’s action level for lead concentration. This letter is to provide you with information about some follow-up water testing that the district recently conducted in accordance with a new state law requiring testing of all school sources of water that are “currently used or potentially used for drinking or cooking purposes.”

When the new law was enacted in September the district took the additional steps of testing all bathroom and classroom sinks to ensure compliance with the law. We recently received the results for the middle school.

Out of a total 72 additional tests, samples from five science room sinks indicated a concentration of lead above the state’s action level of 15 parts per billion. The faucet results indicated 17, 28, 29, 31 and 34 parts per billion. Please note that these sinks are not designated for drinking or cooking purposes. According to the EPA human skin does not absorb lead in water, so hand washing is not a concern.

However, when a water source tests above the action level, schools are required to ensure the water is not used for drinking and implement a remediation plan. There are now signs reminding users that the sinks should be used for handwashing only and not drinking. The district will retest these sinks to verify the exact source of the lead contamination so it can develop appropriate remediation plans. Complete results are posted on the district website, www.rcscsd.org under QUICK Links.

Please be assured that the district is following all of the regulations to ensure that we continue to provide safe, healthy drinking water throughout the district. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Robert K. Libby, RCS Superintendent
Pamela Black, RCS Middle School Principal


RCS Middle School Water Testing Results:
Water Sources Above the New York State Action Level of 15 ppb

Sample Location Analyte Results (ppb) NYSDOH Action Level (ppb) Immediate District Response
Sink Room 230 Lead 29 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Sink Room 232 Lead 31 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Sink Room 234 Lead 17 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Sink Room 236 Lead 34 15 Sign posted, retesting planned
Sink Room 326 Lead 28 15 Sign posted, retesting planned


Full Water Testing Results for RCS Middle School

May test results

October test results (additional testing was done to comply with new state law)