High lead levels found in water at some St. Louis schools

4 months 4 weeks 1 day ago August 18, 2016 Aug 18, 2016 Thursday, August 18 2016 Thursday, August 18, 2016 3:02:34 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Preliminary testing shows lead contamination in the water in some St. Louis school buildings.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that tests conducted this summer revealed lead contamination in several buildings. St. Louis Public Schools spokesman Patrick Wallace said drinking fountains and sinks are shut off in several school buildings until pipes and faucets are replaced.

The district has not released a list of affected schools, but Wallace said parents have been notified. Among the schools is Meramec Elementary School. Parents received a letter Wednesday. One drinking fountain and 11 sinks at Meramec are shut off due to unsafe levels of lead.

Bottled water is available at affected schools.

High levels of lead exposure can contribute to decreased IQ or development of learning disabilities, especially in young children.

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