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Water testing finds lead below 'action levels' in Cincinnati Public Schools

Posted at 5:03 PM, Sep 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-01 17:07:50-04

CINCINNATI -- Results from Greater Cincinnati Water Works show that many of Cincinnati's public schools tested positive for some amount of lead, but mostly below the acceptable minimum levels.

Water in 14 schools tested negative for lead. Tests found lead in one location at 21 schools, but in levels that weren't high enough for concern. Nineteen schools tested positive for lead at two locations, but most also mostly within acceptable levels.

View the full results below.

GCWW recommends Cincinnati Public Schools follow-up sampling in some schools where “some results appear to be higher than expected and may reveal the need to implement measures to reduce lead or replace fixtures.”

Only one of the 55 schools in the district -- Hyde Park School -- has a lead service line. The school district tested the water there and said the lead levels are below normal.

Water Works plans to re-test the water there to verify the district's results.

Lead testing in public schools is not federally required, but many school districts decided to do the testing after the water crisis in Flint, Michigan came to light earlier this year.

GCWW is testing for lead at CPS schools, other area school districts and several private schools for free.

Lead testing hadn't been done in CPS schools for at least 20 years, according to the district. Many schools were rebuilt in the early 2000s after a bond measure passed, so they have no lead pipes at all.

Here are the lead testing results:

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