Some Janesville School District water fountains test above state lead guidelines

Some Janesville School District water fountains test above state lead guidelines

Multiple water fountains in the School District of Janesville tested above state guidelines for lead content, according to a release from the superintendent.

Lead is a toxic material known to be potentially harmful to human health, particularly for younger children, according to the release. The school district volunteered to run the tests in January with the Rock County Public Health Department.

Initial tests confirmed that 10 water sources were above state guidelines for lead content. Officials with the school district said those water sources were immediately shut down.

After these results, officials decided to test all drinking water taps and kitchen food preparation areas in elementary schools.

There were 204 samples tested at the elementary schools. Of those samples, 40 had levels above the state guidelines; district maintenance staff closed down those water sources as well.

Officials say that the school buildings still have functioning water fountains. The district is working to replace the water fountains in the 12 locations where the tested water came from a water fountain in the hallway or gymnasium as soon as possible.