Water At Chagrin Falls Grade School Tests At Acceptable Levels

Water fountain (Photo: Bart Maguire/Flickr.com)
Water fountain (Photo: Bart Maguire/Flickr.com)

By ideastream's Brian Bull

The drinking water at a Chagrin Falls elementary school has received a passing grade.

Late last week, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency took water samples from Gurney Elementary after a previous test had shown unacceptable levels of lead.  School officials had all drinking fountains shut off and issued bottled water to students and staff.

Today, test results from those samples showed the lead and copper levels to be within federal safety guidelines. 

Robert Hunt is the Superintendent for Chagrin Falls Schools. 

“We’re obviously pleased with those results…however we did make the decision earlier this week that we would go above and beyond out of abundance of caution, and we took 20 additional samples from within the building.  And we’ll have those tests available on February 10th," says Hunt.  "So at this point, we remain on bottled water just to ensure that everything is okay, and then we’ll determine next steps after those test results are in.”

Hunt suspects that a lull of activity in the school building over the summer caused copper pipes to corrode, owing to high pH levels in the water.  

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