The morning newspaper reports that students at the Goodsprings Elementary School are being tested today for exposure to lead after the paper’s review of public records found a water fountain occasionally used by the students exceeded allowable limits for lead.
The report suggested the danger to the children is slight since the fountain had a lead level of 16 parts per billion, slightly exceeding the limit of 15 parts per billion set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Additionally, the fountain is in a community center adjacent to the school that is only used for recess or physical education during inclement weather.
“The testing is being done as a precaution,” Lori Headrick, director of environmental health and safety for the Clark County School District, was quoted as saying by the paper. “We don’t have any data that suggests that lead exposure has occurred (in students).” The issue with the fountain has been fixed but it will not be turned on again until it is inspected by the Southern Nevada Health District.
Goodsprings Elementary School, about 50 miles south of Las Vegas, was one of 23 sites with public water systems across the state that exceeded limits for contaminants, according to data obtained by the newspaper.
The paper undertook the investigation after reports of excessive lead levels in the public water supply in Flint, Mich. It reported two weeks ago that such lead contamination was rare in Nevada.
Oh, did I mention that this report is in the morning paper in Reno?