2 additional MMSD schools test positive for lead

2 additional MMSD schools test positive for lead
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Two additional schools in the Madison Metropolitan School District have tested positive for higher than normal levels of lead.

The water at Sennett Middle and Midvale Elementary schools tested at higher levels than the limits recommended by the Environmental Protection Agency.

At Midvale, two of the 26 fixtures sampled, including a water fountain, contained high lead levels.Testing was conducted last week and the initial lab results arrived on April 3. All affected fixtures have been turned off and will either be repaired or replaced, according to the district.

At Sennett, testing was conducted last week and the initial lab results arrived on March 30.

Twenty-four samples were taken and four were above the EPA-recommended limits. All four samples were from sink faucets in the same classroom. The school immediately shut off the water and replaced the fixtures. The “B” samples, which are taken after the water has run for 30 seconds) for the four high results tested below well below EPA limits, according to the district.

The district started the process of testing the drinking fountains in all Madison schools Feb. 23.

In March, six schools tested at high lead levels, including one drinking fountain at Lapham Elementary School that tested at 69.7 parts per billion. The national standard is 15 parts per billion.

The district is expected on Friday to release a full report on its findings for all 1,337 fixtures in the district.

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