Water Fountains In Jersey City Schools Contain Lead Above Fed Standards

Monday, March 25, 2013

One of the water fountains had lead contamination at levels more than 800 times the federal Environmental Protection Agency's standard for lead in drinking water, while 37 water fountains and sinks contained levels of lead more than 100 times the standard, the report shows.

A hand-washing station in School 3's cafeteria had four times the standard, according to the report.

A school district spokeswoman said the water fountains and sinks in question have been shut off, but that doesn't appease Ellen Simon, a founder of the advocacy group Jersey City Parents for Progress. Simon, who unearthed the newest report, calls the lead issue a "black eye" for the school district.

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