Water Quality

February 17, 2017

During our prior testing of 622 faucets throughout the District, 87 were determined to have lead levels in excess of 15 parts per billion (ppb) and therefore required additional attention. Following a remediation plan prescribed by the environmental consultant we contract with, all were labeled as unsafe for drinking, maintenance was performed including repairs, cleaning and/or replacement of aerators.  The faucets were then retested and a summary of the results is below:

  • ‚Äč25 tested below 15 ppb and are therefore within the guidelines for water consumption established by the NYS Department of Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 57 continued to test above 15 ppb (despite steps described above) and will be replaced with new faucets.  After installation is complete, they will be tested again to determine if additional action is required.
  • 3 faucets were not included during this phase testing but will be tested as soon as possible.

The full report can be found by following this link.

Please continue to check this webpage for future updates.

December 30, 2016

We now have the complete results from an extensive assessment, per new regulations established by NYS.

Water samples were drawn from 622 faucets in late October. Of the 622 samples, 87 outlets tested above 15 parts per billion for lead. The majority were bathroom sinks and science labs.

Those outlets have been labeled that the water is not safe for drinking. The water is safe for handwashing and dishwashing. The outlets will be retested, replaced or turned off.

The sample results were detailed in the laboratory reports from ALS Environmental. The sampling event is summarized below:

Brookview School – Of the 31 samples collected, there was one (1) sample identified above 15 ppb.

Colebrook School – Of the 30 samples collected, none were identified above 15 ppb.

Seneca School – Of the 28 samples collected, none were identified above 15 ppb.

Rogers School – Of the 81 samples collected, six (6) samples were identified above 15 ppb.

Southlawn School – Samples included with Rogers, none at SL were identified above 15 ppb.

Irondequoit High School – Of the 191 samples collected, 53 samples were identified above 15 ppb.

Iroquois School – Of the 59 samples collected, twelve (12) samples were identified above 15 ppb.

Lakeview School – Of the 20 samples collected, six (6) samples were identified above 15 ppb.

Listwood School – Of the 33 samples collected, none were identified above 15 ppb.

Briarwood School – Of the 30 sample collected, none were identified above 15 ppb.

Dake School – Of the 97 samples collected, eight (8) samples were identified above 15 ppb.

Oakview School – Of the 15 samples collected, one (1) sample was identified above 15 ppb.

District Office – Of the 7 samples collected, none were identified above 15 ppb.

View the complete report

The WICSD Facilities Committee will write a plan for periodic water testing that follows NYS regulations.

James Brennan

May 5, 2016

This is an excerpt from the water test results by MEH Consulting

The March 28, March 29, and April 18, 2016 drinking water sampling event at WICSD was completed in compliance with the protocols set forth by the USEPA. 

There were no deviations from the lead sampling or analytical testing protocol.

Of the 118 drinking water samples taken, all but three (3) tested below the Action Level of 15 ppb. The three (3) identified outlets were taken out of service and the faucets have been replaced. The drinking water was retested and found to be below the Action Level.

Please call me at (585) 690-3361 if you have any questions or comments.

Respectfully Submitted,
ME Holvey Consulting, LLC by Mary Ellen Holvey, CIH
Senior Industrial Hygienist

View the complete summary 

Water Test Results
April 13, 2016

Dear Parents and Guardians:

There have been recent reports both nationally and locally concerning lead contamination in drinking water.  Although not required by law, the West Irondequoit Central School District has voluntarily contracted with an independent environmental water testing firm to test for lead in the probable drinking water sources in all buildings throughout the district. 

In Monroe County we are fortunate to have high quality drinking water provided by the Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA).  However, this decision was made to ensure that the devices (faucets and drinking fountains) are not leaching lead from their fittings into the schools’ water supply. 

The results of the analysis indicated that three (3) of the 112 devices tested had lead levels above the EPA’s 15 part per billion (ppb) threshold.  All three devices (two sinks and one drinking fountain) were located within Dake Junior High School.  These devices have been turned off until they are repaired or replaced.  Prior to being turned back on for use, these three devices will be retested.

Although both the New York State Department of Health and the Monroe County Department of Public Health state that water is not a source of lead poisoning in Monroe County, our Facilities Committee will review a possible schedule for future testing to ensure that our water supply remains safe for all those who use our buildings. 


James Brennan
Assistant Superintendent for Finance

pdf copy of announcement

Update: March 28, 2016
WICSD has awarded the water testing contract to ALS Environmental. 

A field technician will be on site Monday, March 28 to collect samples in all of our buildings. This process may take more than one day.

Ten business days after samples are collected we expect to obtain the results of the tests. That information will be shared as we receive it.   

March 11, 2016  
Water quality is a topic that has been in the news recently; be assured that WICSD has been closely following developments both locally and across the country.

As you do at home, our schools receive water from the Monroe County Water Authority. The Authority tests the water they supply to all of us and it meets standards set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NYS Department of Health. School districts are not required to test water, but we have chosen to be proactive by initiating a testing program.

We are currently soliciting quotes from professional testing services and are developing a plan for testing. We will be testing the water in all of our schools, and will share the results as soon as they are available.

In 1986, the Safe Drinking Water Act required that only lead-free materials be used in new plumbing and in plumbing repairs. We have made extensive renovations to our facilities over the past fifteen years and five of our buildings are completely new. While our cause for concern is low, we want to be sure that we are doing all that we can to provide a healthy environment for our staff and our students.

We will keep you updated as our program progresses.

James Brennan
Assistant Superintendent for Finance
Chairperson of Facilities Committee