News and HeadlinesState News


More than 900 Indiana school buildings checked for lead

More than 900 Indiana school buildings checked for lead
Posted at 8:52 PM, Aug 27, 2018

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — More than 900 Indiana public schools have had their water fixtures tested for lead levels under a state-funded program.

The Indiana Finance Authority says 57,000 water samples were collected from 915 school buildings to identify fixtures with lead levels exceeding the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion.

Program Manager Erica Walker says testing completed in May showed about 60 percent of the participating schools had at least one fixture with lead levels above that mark.

Officials stress that level isn’t a measure of health effects, but a sign to repair water fixtures to reduce lead concentrations.

Exposure to even low levels of lead can damage a child’s developing brain, affecting their IQ, ability to pay attention and academic achievement.

MORE TOP STORIES | Roncalli guidance counselor asked to resign over same-sex marriage | Carmel woman drives topolicestation during road rage incident | Beech Grove man charged with burglary, rape after woman finds him naked in her bed | Kokomo fire captain arrested for exposing himself to teen babysitter | 8 arrested during large drug bust in Indy

Top Trending Videos