[DRAFT] Policies to reduce lead exposure in the Great Lakes: New York

New York public schools are required to test drinking water for lead, but private schools and childcare facilities do not have testing requirements.

Most results from lead testing do not need to be reported to local public health agencies, but results from school lead in drinking water tests must be reported to the local public department, in addition to sharing results with the public, the state Department of Health, and the state Education Department.

Under the federal Lead and Copper Rule, the results of lead testing must be reported to the people who receive water from the sampling location within 30 days of receiving the results, and public notification and education is required if lead concentrations exceed the action level in more than 10 percent of taps sampled.

New York does not have a more protective action level for lead in drinking water than the federal action level of 15 micrograms per liter, or parts per billion.

The federal Lead and Copper Rule is in the process of being revised.