San Diego Unified turns off drinking water at 3 schools after testing above lead limits

Posted at 6:06 PM, Nov 02, 2018

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — San Diego Unified School District turned off drinking water at three schools Friday after test results showed elevated levels of lead.

In a letter to parents, the district said lead levels above the district's 5 parts per billion (ppb) standard were discovered in fountains at Encanto and Birney Elementary schools. The fountains had also recently received new lead filters to address lead in drinking water.

It's not clear how many fountains at the two schools tested above the 5 ppb limit.

"We have launched an investigation and will be taking additional samples from all drinking water fountains in the district that have previously been remediated with a lead certified filter," the letter read.

Later, the district confirmed on Twitter that six water filters at Fletcher Elementary School had also tested above the district's standards. Those water supplies were from three drinking fountains and three faucets on campus. The campus' lead test results can be viewed online here.

The district said bottle water will be provided to the schools in the meantime.

A parent meeting has been scheduled for Nov. 28 at 8:30 a.m. at Fletcher Elementary to discuss the district's findings.

"Whenever lead is found above the 5 ppb district action level, those fountains will immediately be secured," the letter added.

Lead can lead to neurological, reporductive, and developmental problems in children and adults, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.