Elevated levels of lead in water present at 32 St. Louis Public - KMOV.com

Elevated levels of lead in water present at 32 St. Louis Public Schools

Posted: Updated:
32 buildings within St. Louis Public Schools report having elevated levels of lead coming from some faucets and fountains (Credit: KMOV). 32 buildings within St. Louis Public Schools report having elevated levels of lead coming from some faucets and fountains (Credit: KMOV).

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - Drinking water tests in St Louis Public Schools show 32 buildings with elevated levels of lead coming from some faucets and fountains.

The testing went into all 72 school buildings and examined 797 water sources. The results showed 45 sources as exceeding the EPA’s guideline of 20 parts per billion of lead. Another 43 exceeded the district’s own standard of 10 parts per billion.

Officials say the issue may be the age of the school buildings and pipes.

“Some of the faucets and construction material also contained lead,”  said Roger CayCe, Deputy Superintendent of Operations.

CayCe says some faucets have already been replaced in the schools. The district's school board approved spending $1 million for repairs on August 25.

All drinking fountains that tested high have been turned off and 13 schools are getting bottled water for students.

Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams tried to reassure parents that students are safe.

“I think they can be assured. We took the information and took aggressive action,” said Dr. Adams.

To read the lead testing report, click here.

Copyright 2016 KMOV (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

Watch News 4 Now

Mouse over player for controls · LAUNCH FULL PLAYER

Powered by Frankly