High lead levels found at multiple St. Louis Public schools

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- A high level of lead contamination has been found in a number buildings throughout St. Louis Public Schools. The preliminary results are from tests that were conducted earlier this summer.

According to our partners at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, parents at Meramec Elementary School received a letter from the principal stating eight drinking fountains and 11 sinks in the buildings have been turned off.

“They will remain closed until we are able to remediate the lead level concern.”

Earlier this summer the governing board of SLPS approved a $328,000 contract renewal with Environmental Consultants LLC. The agency oversaw asbestos abatement as well as tested water from consumable water sources in every school.

Meramec Elementary is one of several school buildings where the fountains and sinks have been turned off.  The Post says bottled water is being distributed at the schools where drinking fountain outside the cafeteria is shut down, or where multiple drinking fountains have been turned off. 

According to the letter, district officials are awaiting final test results. They plan to release them on August 25th.

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