Brocton, Cassadaga Valley report lead in water

Brocton and Cassadaga Valley can now join the ever-growing list of school districts finding lead in their water supplies.

Joining the ranks with North Collins, Silver Creek, Forestville, Fredonia, Dunkirk, Pine Valley, Ripley and Gowanda, the two districts recently sent out letters to families regarding lead test results.

Brocton tested its water sources on Sept. 27 and received results on Nov. 15. Of the 200 water samples tested, only 13 of them showed lead levels above the recommended level of 15 parts per billion.

Four were found in the elementary building: a bathroom sink in room 105, an outside hose bib on the exterior wall of room 111, and a sink in room 121 and 137.

In the middle/high school building, the affected areas were a sink in the women’s bathroom near the high school gym; a sink in the men’s bathroom near the high school gym; lab sinks in rooms 169, 177, 223 and 201; and bathroom sinks in rooms 190 and 192.

Any water supplies used for drinking water have been shut off. Any water sources used for any other purpose have been labeled with warning signs saying to not drink the water.

According to the Cassadaga Valley press release, “One source of potable water in Cassadaga Valley Middle/High School has been identified as having lead concentrations in water above the New York state Action Level of 15 parts per billion.”

As with every other district, any water supplies used for drinking water have been shut off. Any water sources used for any other purpose have been labeled with warning signs saying not to drink the water.

Testing results can be found on the districts’ websites, broctoncsd.org or cvcougars.org, or at the business offices, 138 W. Main St., Brocton and 5935 Route 60, Sinclairville.

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