Latest CPS lead-testing results show 113 schools with high levels

by Maudlyne Ihejirika, originally posted on August 20, 2016


The number of Chicago public schools where high levels of lead have been found in water has risen to 113, officials said Friday as the district released the schedule for testing remaining schools this fall.

That means over a third of the 327 elementary schools tested so far had high lead levels.

Laboratory test results from the 6,167 sinks and water fountains tested show 184 fixtures — 2.9 percent of the total — had at least one sample with lead levels above the federal Environmental Protection Agency maximum of 15 parts per billion, Chicago Public Schools officials said.

The fixtures include 95 drinking fountains and 89 sinks — 32 located in school cooking kitchens — officials said, adding that families at all 113 schools have been notified.

Results from each school, as well as the fall testing schedule for the rest of the district’s 500-plus schools, are posted here.



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