Schools Across the United States Are Facing a Lead Crisis

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.

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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.”