‘Higher than acceptable’ lead level detected in San Marcos school water fountain
‘Higher than acceptable’ lead level detected in San Marcos school water fountain.
Water tested from a drinking fountain at San Marcos Middle School contained "higher than acceptable" levels of lead, San Marcos Unified School District confirmed Tuesday.
RELATED: Drinking water shut off at San Ysidro schools due to high lead, copper, bacteria The drinking fountain, located outside the school’s gym, was removed following the results of the test, the district said.
"San Marcos Unified recently tested the water at three of our oldest sites: Alvin Dunn Elementary, Richland Elementary, and San Marcos Middle School," the district told 10News in a statement.
"Of the 15 samples, only one came back with a ‘higher than acceptable’ level – a drinking fountain outside the gym at San Marcos Middle, which was immediately removed."
Of the 15 samples sent out from the three schools, only one sample – from San Marcos Middle – returned with the "higher than acceptable" result.
The school district said they are currently having water tested at all schools in the district.
Bottled water was provided to students at La Mirada Elementary, Smythe Elementary and San Ysidro Middle School while repairs were underway.
Later in February, 10News learned that students from Emerson-Bandini Elementary were being given bottled water after reports of odor emanating from drinking water.
A spokesperson for San Diego Unified School District sent the following statement to 10News in February: "When San Diego Unified’s Safety Office received word of a possible odor in the water at Emerson-Bandini Elementary School, the department acted quickly by sending drinking water samples out for analysis and providing bottled water to all students and staff at the school, as well as to the onsite charter school’s students and staff.