September 7, 2016

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The water at Berlin Elementary School is provided by the municipal supply from the town. The town water supply has been tested and came back well below the EPA recommended level for PFOA in drinking water. The Berlin water is 10 parts per trillion and the level set by the government is 70 parts per trillion.

In an effort to minimize even this low amount, the Town of Berlin will have a water filtration system installed. Additionally, we have also been notified that a water filtration system will be installed at Berlin Elementary School. In an effort by Senator Marchione to assist the town and school, the Department of Environmental Conservation has supplied the school with multiple water coolers for students. Separate regulations from the New York State Education Department also require that drinking fountains in all schools across the state be tested for lead and copper. In our efforts to reduce any exposures, the water coolers have temporarily replaced the drinking fountains.

The drinking water in all fountains and spigots will be tested in a coordinated effort by school authorities, Questar BOCES, school districts, and sampling companies. Until those results are known, we will continue to use water coolers. The district welcomes the support and efforts of Senator Marchione’s office.


Dr. Stephen Young, Superintendent
Mrs. Tracy Kent, Principal
Letter-Water Supply