ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – St. Louis Public Schools will spend up to a million dollars to fix a lead problem in some of its schools.
The district tested nearly 800 sinks, faucets and fountains in all of its schools and found 45 with lead levels above 20 parts per billion – more than the EPA’s standard of 15 parts per billion – twice the district’s self-imposed 10 parts per billion limit.
The testing that began in March wasn’t required – it’s not regulated by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
A water fountain at Fanning Middle School in Tower Grove South, had fixtures testing in excess of 200 parts per billion. The city’s water, they say, is clean. So, it’s a fixture problem.
Roger CayCe is the District’s Deputy Superintendent of Operations.
“While one is too many, with 72 schools at a possibility out of 797 sources, it could have been worse,” CayCe says.
CayCe says any water source testing above 10 parts per billion has been taken offline until it can be fixed or replaced. Anything under that will be routinely monitored.
For the full list of affected schools, click here.
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