Lead contamination found in cafeteria sink at Laurel Ridge ElementaryDeKalb County Schools' lead testing map. Source: http://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/lead-testing/
Investigators have uncovered lead contamination in a cafeteria sink at Laurel Ridge Elementary Schools, bringing the total number of schools found to have lead contamination to 11.
Testing is still ongoing, the county says.
“Of the 20 drinking water sources tested, one source is at or above EPA’s action level of 15 parts per billion,” a press release from DeKalb County Schools says. “The source is a sink in the cafeteria. The source was immediately removed from service and remediation begun. Following remediation, the source will be re-tested before returning to service.”
The other schools found to have lead contamination are:
– Briar Vista Elementary School
– The International Community School
– Robert Shaw Theme School
– Allgood Elementary School
– Stone Mountain Elementary School
– Barack H. Obama Elementary Magnet School
– The Museum School of Avondale Estates
– Wadsworth Magnet School
– International Student Center
– Redan Elementary School
DeKalb County is testing all 150 of its schools and facilities.
DeKalb County Schools launched the new lead testing program last month.
“Recent events have brought national attention to water quality issues,” a letter from the county announcing the testing said. “Please understand that we have absolutely no evidence of water quality issues in any school or building. Still, we want students, staff, and the community to know our water is safe for consumption.”
Recent tests by Atlanta Public Schools found elevated lead levels in drinking water in half of the schools tested, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, even low levels of lead in drinking water can cause a number of health issues for children, including a lower IQ and behavioral problems. Homes built before 1986 are more likely to have lead pipes and other building materials containing lead.
To see DeKalb County Schools’ lead testing map, click here.