Lead found in water at P.S. 41

Education officials say they'll make speedy repairs to water fixtures at P.S. 41 in Olinville, where testing found elevated lead levels.



The Department of Education previously said it found lead in 10 of 63 samples taken around the school from classrooms, bathrooms, water fountains and offices.



State law requires schools take action whenever lead appears in a water source at a higher concentration than 15 parts per billion. Schools must remove the contaminated fixture from service, flush the system of old water and then replace and retest the equipment.



Councilman Andy King, whose granddaughter attends the school, says his office is allocating $400,000 to fix the 10 contaminated fixtures in the building.



"I walked in, and I saw some of the same fixtures that were here when I was here so many years ago," King says of the 75-year-old school. "And I said, 'Something has to be done.'"



A DOE spokesperson tells News 12 that the city's water is of the highest quality and that protocols and procedures will ensure the water is safe for students and staff.


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