The news stories about schools testing for high levels of lead across the nation continue pouring in. Our recent round-up of reporting on lead contamination in school drinking water includes a profile of an Arizona schoolteacher shocked to find how little school officials were doing to actually solve the problem when a sink was found to have high levels of lead; and a story about children returning to New Orleans public schools without the water filters to screen lead they were promised last year.
Find these stories and more by checking out the links below. You can also check out our News section for the latest updates on the lead crisis in schools and other water quality topics.
Recent news stories related to lead contamination in schools:
- What Do I Do if the Water in My Kid’s School Has Lead in It? – Sierra Club (this is the story about the Arizona schoolteacher mentioned above)
- Children Return to Schools without Promised Water Filters to Screen Lead – The Lens (this is the New Orleans story referenced above)
- More Than 1,100 School Faucets Still Have Lead, City Says – The New York Times
- High Lead Levels Found in Water at 4 Polk County Schools – The Ledger
- New Brunswick Public Schools Test Positive for Dangerously High Lead Levels – The Daily Targum
- 19 Staten Island Schools Cited for High Lead Levels in New DOE Report – SILive.com
The widespread problem of lead affecting drinking water in schools is highly troubling because of the negative impact lead can have on the health of children. According to the EPA, “Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead.”