Water tests reveal elevated lead levels in growing number school districts

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A growing number of school districts in Western New York are getting results back from water quality testing, and they are detecting elevated levels of lead.

Testing showed an elevated level of lead in samples from a variety of sources, including drinking fountains and sink faucets.

Here are the schools which showed elevated levels of lead in some water sources:


  • Truman
  • Martin Road
  • Middle
  • High


  • Central School District


  • Ledgeview Elementary
  • Clarence Center Elementary
  • Harris Hill Elementary
  • Sheridan Hill Elementary

Elevated levels were also discovered in the Forestville, Williamsville, and Cleveland Hill Elementary schools. The State of New York now requires all public school districts to test for lead in the drinking water at the beginning of the school year.

Parents were told in letters that all affected sources of water were immediately turned off and will remain off until lead levels are confirmed to be below the acceptable limit of 15 parts per billion.

Lisa Almasi, Acting Lackawanna Superintendent, says that follow up testing is currently being done to determine where the lead is coming from and that the lead is not coming from the water itself.

The schools cited the EPA, which says lead can contaminate the water from eroding materials containing lead like faucets and pipes. The districts says parents who are concerned should talk to their family doctor.

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