Water-quality tests in the Allegheny Valley School District have revealed lead levels in the water taken from one classroom at Colfax Upper Elementary School were “higher ... than acceptable.”
In a letter to parents Thursday, Superintendent Patrick M. Graczyk said all classroom sinks and water fountains have been turned off, and students and staff will have access to water bottles at the Springdale school.
About 23 samples were taken from 12 fixtures in the Colfax building when the tests were done March 10. In the affected Colfax classroom, the first sample showed a “higher than acceptable reading” while the second recorded “acceptable levels,” the district learned Thursday.
Mr. Graczyk didn't say at what levels the lead was calculated. The state and federal action level is 15 parts per billion.
“The District cannot stress enough that these results are preliminary and more extensive testing will provide additional information,” the letter said in part.
District officials will schedule further testing and have sought input from an environmental agency.
First Published March 17, 2017 10:58 AM