ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)- Thursday night, St. Louis Public School board members approved $1-million to lower the lead levels in nearly half of the district’s 72 active school buildings.
Over the summer, water fountains and sinks in all 72 schools were tested. In total, 797 water sources were tested:
--45 of those sources reported at 20 parts per billion, which requires corrective action.
--43 of those reported at 10-20 parts per billion, which district officials set as their more stringent level for remediation.
Below is a link to the complete list of schools affected:
Officials say the average age of a St. Louis Public School building is 78 years.
Roger CayCe is deputy superintendent of operations.
CayCe said, “Most of it is going to come from pipes or soldering that used lead. Because water coming into the buildings is less than 15 parts per billion.”
Jeff Faust is a principal at Environmental Consultants, LLC, a company that conducted the lead testing for the school district.
Faust said, “A lot of school districts are going to see this on the news and follow the lead that this group takes and has been taking. Just because a sample was good does not mean it will not be a problem in the future. We have old buildings. We still have the potential for lead.”
In buildings where lead levels are too high, water fountains have been made unavailable, and bottled water is being provided to students and staff.