School water fountain lead levels above fed standards - FOX 35 News Orlando

School water fountain lead levels above fed standards

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) -

Nearly 200 water fountains and sinks at  schools across Jersey City reportedly have lead contamination at or above the federal level.

Lead levels in drinking water that exceed 15 parts per billion require action, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's website. 174 water fountains and sinks in the school district met or exceeded that standard.

A Jersey City parent and founder of the Jersey City Parents for Progress advocacy group unearthed the report published in the Jersey Journal.

The water fountains and sinks were turned off years ago and many have signs near them warning students and staff not to use them, reports the Jersey Journal.

The worst water fountains and sinks were found at Schools 5, 9, 23, 25, 27, 29 annex, 31 and Zero Tolerance, an alternative program at the Bright Street Academy, the report shows.

Exposure to lead contaminated water can cause mental health problems.

  • HealthMore>>

  • The power of music

    The power of music

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:20 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:20:39 GMT
    Music is a powerful force that impacts how we feel, think and react to many things in life. Music has healing power, sets a mood and even influences how we eat and shop. Whether you're at the grocery store or shoe shopping, there's usually music on. Music is everywhere and we can listen to whatever we want.
    Music is a powerful force that impacts how we feel, think and react to many things in life. Music has healing power, sets a mood and even influences how we eat and shop. Whether you're at the grocery store or shoe shopping, there's usually music on. Music is everywhere and we can listen to whatever we want.
  • Waistlines of U.S. kids seem to be holding steady

    Waistlines of U.S. kids seem to be holding steady

    The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates.
    The waistlines of America's children and teens may have stopped expanding, a new study indicates.
  • Good schools may be good for a teen's health, too

    Good schools may be good for a teen's health, too

    Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests.
    Low-income teenagers who get into a more rigorous high school may take fewer health risks than their peers at other schools, a new study suggests.
Powered by WorldNow

35 Skyline Drive
Lake Mary, FL 32746

Phone: (407) 644-3535
News Tips: (866) 55-FOX35

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices