North Carolina school system tackles lead in drinking water
Aug. 28, 2018
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina school system has removed old faucets from several schools where high levels of lead were found in the drinking water.
WFDD-FM in Winston-Salem reports Guilford County Schools took samples at the tap to look for lead contamination. The samples taken from Southeast Guilford Middle had the highest amount of lead at 194 parts per billion, more than 10 times the recommended threshold by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Frazier Elementary and Allen Jay Elementary also had elevated lead levels.
The district says old faucets were the source, and they've since replaced them. Chief Operating Officer Scott McCully says new tests show the water is safe, and they will continue to take additional safety measures.
State and federal law doesn't require districts to test for lead.
Information from: WFDD-FM.