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A Message from Superintendent Bradley

George Southard Community Letter < Click to download

The Lockport City School District is committed to protecting student, teacher,and staff health.To protect our community, Lockport City School District recently tested our schools' drinking water for lead, in accordance with NYCRR Title 10, Subpart 67-4.

Why Test School Drinking Water for Lead?
High levels of lead in drinking water can cause health problems. Lead is most dangerous for pregnant women, infants, and children under 6 years old. Exposure to high levels of lead during pregnancy contributes to low birth weight and developmental delays in infants. In young children,lead exposure can lower IQ levels, affect hearing, reduce attention span, and hurt school performance. At very high levels, lead can even cause brain damage.

To protect public health, the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) suggests that schools and day care facilities test their drinking water for lead. If lead is found at any water outlet at levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb), EPA recommends taking action to reduce the lead. NYS Department of Health (DOH), under direction from Governor Cuomo, is recommending taking action on levels above 15 parts per billion (ppb).

The Lockport City School District tested our drinking water for lead. Of the 87 water samples tested at George Southard Elementary school, 1 showed lead levels above the 15 ppb mark. In other words, 99% of the water outlets tested did not have any lead concerns.

Please click the link above to to review water testing results over the action level of 15 ppb for George Southard Elementary School.

Bottled water will be available where outlets are shut off. Several operating drinking water fountains are available in other parts of the school building. However if you prefer to send in bottled water with your child to drink while in school you may do so.

Action Steps Being Taken In Lockport City School District
• All identified water sources have been clearly labeled not to drink.
• The district is currently working to identify the specific source of the impurity.
• Additional testing will occur.
• Remedial action will be taken once the source is identified.
• Follow-up testing will be conducted as required by regulation.

How Can I Learn More?
You can see a copy of all our water testing results at the Lockport Board of Education building, which is open Monday to Friday from 8:00a.m. to 4:30p.m., and on our website at For more information about water quality in our schools, please contact Tim Parker, Director of Facilities III, at 716-478-4601. For information about water quality and sampling for lead at home, contact your local water supplier or state drinking water agency.