12 Chicago Schools Test For High Levels Of Lead In Water

CHICAGO (CBS) — Is the water at your child’s school safe?

If you have a student in Chicago Public Schools, that’s a good question, CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov reports.

A total of 12 Chicago schools have test results that show high lead levels.

That list includes Reilly Elementary, where Jennifer Dambaugh’s daughter goes to school.

A note on the school door informed parents. It was news to her.

“It’s funny because when I took her in class today, their sink was covered. I though it was plumbing problems, but now I know,” Dambaugh said.

Reilly is now one of twelve cps schools with test results showing high, or actionable, lead levels.

That list includes Tanner. Lead concerns there last month prompted CPS officials to begin testing district-wide. Oldest schools come first.

Water in affected fountains and sinks has been turned off, except at Reilly, where all sinks and faucets are now dry pending additional tests.

Dambaugh said her preschooler’s had lead poisoning before, from dust in an old apartment. So this is the last thing she wanted to hear.

“It’s, it’s scary,” she said.

The list of schools:

Beidler (1 sink)
Brentano (1 drinking fountain and 1 sink for hand washing in kitchen)
Budlong (1 sink)
Esmond (1 drinking fountain)
Fernwood (2 drinking fountains)
Harvard (1 drinking fountain)
LaSalle II (1 sink)
Locke J (1 sink)
Peirce (1 drinking fountain)
Perez (1 drinking fountain)
Reilly (being retested)
Tanner (4 drinking fountains)

More more information: http://cps.edu/Pages/LeadTesting.aspx

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