School water fountain lead levels above fed standards

School water fountain lead levels above fed standards

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Nearly 200 water fountains and sinks at  schools across Jersey City reportedly have lead contamination at or above the federal level.

Lead levels in drinking water that exceed 15 parts per billion require action, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's website. 174 water fountains and sinks in the school district met or exceeded that standard.

A Jersey City parent and founder of the Jersey City Parents for Progress advocacy group unearthed the report published in the Jersey Journal.

The water fountains and sinks were turned off years ago and many have signs near them warning students and staff not to use them, reports the Jersey Journal.

The worst water fountains and sinks were found at Schools 5, 9, 23, 25, 27, 29 annex, 31 and Zero Tolerance, an alternative program at the Bright Street Academy, the report shows.

Exposure to lead contaminated water can cause mental health problems.

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