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Hammond schools to provide bottled water at 7 buildings

August 31, 2018

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — Hammond’s school superintendent says bottled water will be provided to students in buildings where elevated lead levels were found in drinking water.

Superintendent Walter Watkins said in an email to staff on Thursday that seven buildings, including six schools, registered lead levels above the recommended Environmental Protection Agency threshold when tested on Aug. 9-13.

The Post Tribune reports the high lead levels were found in 19 fountains at the six schools. Watkins says those fountains were taken out of service until further testing is done. Bottled water will be provided at each building.

The affected buildings were built before 1986, when building codes first banned the use of lead components in water supply systems.

Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr. has said the lead didn’t come from the city’s water supply.

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Information from: Post-Tribune, http://posttrib.chicagotribune.com/

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