High Levels of Lead Contamination Cause Water Ban in New Jersey Schools

Officials in New Jersey's largest school district turned off water fountains at 30 school buildings due to high levels of lead. It is not clear how long the water ban will be enforced.
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The water ban is being imposed at 30 school buildings with high levels of lead until more tests are administered. This revelation is quite alarming, however, officials in New Jersey said that they don’t think the “contamination poses any serious health risks,” according to a Yahoo! News article.

Lead is normally found in drinking water, and once it enters through the water delivery system it drains away from lead pipes or plumbing fixtures, which spells trouble. So far, the Newark Public schools informed the state Department of Environmental Protection about their discovery.

According to Yahoo! News:

Annual testing found levels ranging from non-detected to above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level for lead, which is 15 parts per billion.

That sort of level demands further testing, especially in the light of recent events in Flint, Michigan where the water crisis is also a result of lead in drinking water.

For more information, visit Yahoo.com.


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