Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Lead still a problem in DCPS water supply

Two years after supposedly cleaning up the problem it appears as if some DC public schools still have elevated levels of lead in their water supply.
Six new drinking fountains at Watkins Elementary School, at 12th and G streets SE, showed abnormally high concentrations of lead, a top school official said.

Schools advocate Marc Borbely, founder of FixOurSchools.net, said there is no excuse for the fountains to be inoperable on the first day of school.

"They have had all summer to identify the problems and have it fixed," said Borbely, who is also a D.C. School Board candidate.

Dave Anderson, a DCPS facilities manager, said new filters were installed and that water quality tests were being performed and expected results by late Monday evening, Borbely said. The results were not available as of press time, officials said.
[Hat tip: Marc Borbely]

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