Fort Worth ISD uncovers lead contamination in drinking water

Posted on Thursday, November 3rd, 2016 at 5:02 pm    

Fort Worth Independent School District voluntarily tested the drinking water of their schools in June 2016. The investigation occurred after the lead contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan gained notoriety all over the country. Workers started demolishing old water fountains they believe were the source of the lead contamination.

Fort Worth ISD is recommending no more than 15 parts per billion of lead in water samples for schools. That number is much stricter than the standard set by the United States Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA recommends no more than 20 parts per billion.

A recent lab report that conducted testing of the drinking water in Fort Worth ISD showed that out of 127 schools, 67 schools had all their water samples come back below 15 parts per billion. However, there were 34 schools found to have high levels of lead in their water, one of which was R. L. Paschal High School.

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