“Residents should take advantage of a $1.5-million state program to test the lead in drinking water,” said D’Urso. “The testing consists of two samples, a first-draw and a flush sample per house or apartment.”
To request a free water testing kit, call the New York State Health Department at 518-402-7650 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The health department will send a sample kit, which must be returned in the postage-paid envelope within 30 days. Results will be analyzed and sent back within a month.