Lead contaminated water found at University City schools

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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – Another school district is reporting high levels of lead in the drinking water.  The University City School District confirms some fountains and sinks contained lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency standards.

Five out of 210 samples collected yielded elevated traces of lead, the district said.

The lead-contaminated water was found at University City High School, Brittany Woods Middle School, Barbara C. Jordan Elementary School, Flynn Park Elementary, and the McNair Administration building.

Professional Services Industries (PSI), Inc. the firm collecting the samples, began testing in late August.

In a statement released to KTVI, the district said it “has proactively taken steps to ensure the health and well-being of our student’s staff and visitors to the district.”

Crews have shut off to the water supply to all affected areas. In the case of Brittany Woods, fixtures and supply lines to a sink were replaced.

At most locations, the problem was confined to a single fountain or sink within the building.

The source of the lead contamination is unclear.

“We are reviewing a strategy for ongoing maintenance and review in accordance with best practices suggested by PSI,” the district said in its statement to KTVI.

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