High lead readings found in Pittsburgh schools

A dozen drinking water fountains and 117 faucets were removed or replaced in the Pittsburgh Public Schools system that were found to have higher levels of lead in the water.  The remedial action has been completed in advance of students returning to schools next week.

The district took 4,700 water samples from faucets and fountains at about 70 school facilities, reports WTAE.  Three percent of the samples produced lead readings at or above 20 parts per billion, which exceeds the level at which the EPA recommends to take action.

300 new filtered water fountains and bottle filling stations, regardless of whether they tested higher for lead.

WTAE reports that the district won’t reveal which schools had the now-removed fountains and faucets until the full report is ready for parents in the next week or two.

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