August 27, 2018

Central Indiana Schools Test Positive For Lead

An Indiana Finance Authority spokesperson says many of the elevated levels were found in water fountains that aren’t regularly used. - Pixabay/public domain

An Indiana Finance Authority spokesperson says many of the elevated levels were found in water fountains that aren’t regularly used.

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At least 56 schools across six Central Indiana counties were flagged for elevated lead levels in the water. A lead sampling program started by the state collected the data.

Schools in Boone, Hamilton, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion and Shelby counties tested positive for lead levels above the EPA recommendation of 15 parts per billion. A preliminary list is available through the Indiana Finance Authority website. 

Schools tested were part of a voluntary sampling program. Of the 57,000 samples collected statewide, 61 percent of them have at least one fixture -- a water fountain, or a sink -- with elevated lead levels.

An Indiana Finance Authority spokesperson says many of the elevated levels were found in water fountains that aren’t regularly used.

The IFA and Indiana Department of Environmental Management released short-term and long-term recommendations for schools. These include shutting off problem fixtures, flushing piping systems or replacing service lines.

This data will be regularly updated leading up to a final report expected in January 2019.

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