St. Louis College Prep is proud to announce that recent test of the school’s water system found all lead levels to be “well within acceptable limits established by the USEPS.”
The news comes as the St. Louis Public Schools district races to resolve lead contamination issues with a substantial number of schools which were reveled last week to have contamination levels higher than those commonly found in Flint, Mich.
St. Louis College Prep commissioned the Lead in Drinking water report with Environmental Consultants, LLC, the same company providing testing for the city school system, as a safety measure after hearing that a variety of city schools suspected there may be problems their water systems.
“After the recent events in the St. Louis Public Schools, we decided to check the school's water fountains to make sure that our water was safe to drink and did not contain dangerous levels of lead,” said St. Louis College Prep Executive Director Mike Malone. “I made the decision to test our water to make sure our entire community could have piece of mind. Moving forward, we plan to test our water every two years to ensure our water is safe to drink. At this point, I'm not aware of any other district planning to test so frequently, but in research on the issue, I feel that it would be a prudent action moving forward.”
Samples were taken from the school’s kitchen sink as well as from all of the water fountains throughout the building. All samples for the test were collected on a “first draw” basis in order to replicate a worst-case scenario.
Out of the water sources tested, the highest concentration was found to be 1.7 parts per billion, with most falling under 1 part per billion.
In contrast, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 32 of the city’s 72 active school had to have at least one sink or drinking fountain closed due to lead contamination, and 13 schools are now having bottle water distributed to students and staff.
“The USEPA level of action for lead is 15 parts per billion,” said Malone. “15 parts per billion is the level that the government says water could be dangerous to drink. None of our drinking fountains had more than 1.7 parts per billion.”
Sixteen schools in the St. Louis Public Schools district had water samples with levels over 30 parts per billion, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, with the highest readings coming in between 200 and 300.