Water at Cleveland Schools shows high lead levels
The district decided to test the water in the aftermath of the Flint disaster.
CLEVELAND, NOVEMBER 18, 2016 -- Tests of water atCleveland’s school district buildings showed higher than normal levels of lead in 60 locations, according to CBS news.
The district said it will replace hundreds of drinking fountains, restroom faucets, outdoor spigots and other water fixtures throughout the district. A total of 79 drinking fountains will need to be replaced.
The district decided to voluntarily test the water in the aftermath of the Flint disaster. Testing was conducted over the summer, and showed that 9 percent of drinking-water sources in school buildings were over the standards set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The district placed water stations in the affected buildings before the start of the school year, so that no children would be exposed to the contaminated water.
It is unclear how long it will take or how much it will cost to repair the fixtures.