Elevated lead levels found at six Elkhart school buildings

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Elkhart Community Schools students and staff will be drinking bottled water at six facilities when they return to school later this week, according to 95.3 MNC’s reporting partners at The Elkhart Truth.

The school district posted a letter on its Facebook page on Monday, Aug. 1, which says elevated lead levels were found in backflow preventers or kitchen sinks at six school buildings – Beardsley, Bristol and Woodland Elementaries, Elkhart Memorial High School, the Elkhart Area Career Center and the J.C. Rice Educational Service Center, The Elkhart Truth reported.

The letter from Elkhart schools describes the district’s reaction to the positive lead tests as “an extreme safety precaution” due to the low probability of lead reaching the drinking water supply, The Elkhart Truth reported.

No drinking fountains or restroom sinks used for hand washing showed high levels of lead.

Read more about the lead testing from The Elkhart Truth.

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