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High Levels of Lead in Newark Water Trigger Concern, Further Testing

The recent discovery of high levels of lead in the water at Newark schools has many municipal leaders scrambling to test the the water in their jurisdictions as well. In fact, New York City officials have also jumped on the bandwagon and even published a website that parents can use to track the results of water testing for lead in their children’s schools.

The New York’s Education Department even sent students home with a letter informing  parents about the measures that the city has taken to ensure the safety of their children in light of the recent lead findings.

Speaking to these efforts and some of the initial findings Chancellor Carmen Fariña and NYC Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett have explained that:

New York City’s water is extraordinarily safe…This includes water in the N.Y.C. schools.

Measures Taken to Prevent Lead Poisoning in New York Schools and City

High Levels of Lead in Newark Water Trigger Concern, Further Testing

High Levels of Lead in Newark Water Trigger Concern, Further Testing

The following provides some details about the specific actions New York City regulators have been taking to prevent students (and the general public) from suffering lead poisoning as a result of contact with this water:

  • The City had reportedly taken and tested nearly 89,000 water samples. Of these, only about 1.13 percent reportedly exhibited lead levels exceeding Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines.
  • Water fountains were removed from any school that had readings above the EPA guidelines.
  • Schools that had lead content levels above the EPA guidelines have been required to “flush” their plumbing systems at least once a week.
  • New York City is using an orthophosphate treatment in its water. Orthophosphate is a food additive that provides a protective film on the inside of pipes to prevent lead from breaking off and leaching into the water source.
  • The City reportedly replaced all known lead service lines between 2008 and 2010 in all city-owned buildings, including public schools.
  • Beginning in 2002, New York City has tested the water for lead in all school buildings built before 1986.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning in Children

Although it seems that regulators and City officials are taking action to prevent lead from contaminating the water and poisoning the public, it’s important to be familiar with the symptoms of lead poisoning so you know when to seem emergency medical care to prevent serious (if not potentially fatal) complications.

The following are some of the most common symptoms associated with lead poisoning:

  • Delayed development
  • Learning difficulties
  • Irritability
  • Diminished appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue and sluggishness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Hearing loss.

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