Drinking water shut off in Ithaca schools over lead concerns
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP) — The drinking water sources in all buildings in the Ithaca City School District are being shut off after tests revealed high lead levels in the water at two schools.
The Ithaca Journal reports (ithacajr.nl/1Lf4o91) administrators posted a letter on the district's website Wednesday to announce that water is being shut off until all school buildings can be tested for lead and copper levels. Bottled water is being provided to students and staff.
Officials say high lead levels in water have been found at two elementary schools following three tests conducted since August. Officials say districtwide testing of the water hasn't been conducted since 2005.
The district said it is working with the Tompkins County Health Department and other agencies to establish a time frame to test the water in all city schools.
Information from: The Ithaca Journal, http://www.theithacajournal.com
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