New York City water is safe. Families of students attending Department of Education (DOE) schools and staff of those schools should rest assured that our drinking water is of the highest quality in the world. New York City’s water meets or exceeds all Federal and State standards. The City’s water is tested over 500,000 times each year. In addition, the DOE works with other City agencies to make sure our students have safe drinking water in schools. There has never been a known case of lead poisoning due to water in New York City schools. The safety and well-being of students and staff is our highest priority.
2017 Water Test Results
In the 2016-17 school year, the water in every NYC public school was tested for lead. Nearly all of the test results were not elevated. 92% of our fixtures system-wide tested below guidance. This shows that we do not have any systemic issues with water in our school buildings and our remediation protocol is effective.
For any drinking or cooking outlets that were above guidance, the outlets were immediately turned off and the equipment was replaced. The affected outlets are kept out of service until follow-up testing shows those outlets no longer have elevations.
A detailed letter about each school’s results was shared with school communities over the last several months. Every school’s letter is available on its DOE website, along with full lab results.