Ed Day, Rockland County Executive


May 20, 2016

Contact: Jane Lerner, Director of Strategic Communications

Office of the County Executive (845) 638-5645

Rockland County Executive Ed Day orders lead testing of water in county buildings

NEW CITY, NY —  Rockland County Executive Ed Day announced today that he is ordering lead testing of water in all county-owned buildings.

He also urged all schools in Rockland to follow the example set by Clarkstown and test their water for lead.

"We don't want anyone – especially children – exposed to unsafe water," Day said.  "We commend Clarkstown for taking action to check lead levels."

Rockland County has no jurisdiction over water provided in schools.

Day has instructed his administration to develop a program to test drinking water at all 28 county-owned buildings.

There is no indication that the water in any county building is unsafe.

"We owe it to our employees and visitors to make sure that the water is safe," Day said.

Results of the tests will be announced once they are available,

Water supplied to Rockland by SUEZ, formerly United Water, is tested at 100 locations twice a year. Those water samples are tested at a state-approved laboratory and the results are reviewed by the Rockland County Department of Health.

As of December, when the last round of testing was done, there were no elevated lead levels found.

That does not mean that individual homes and buildings do not have elevated levels.

Lead can get into water through pipes.