Following extensive testing of every sink and drinking fountain districtwide, Lindbergh Schools officials confirm that virtually all 100 water samples tested are safe and free of lead.
As a precautionary measure, one drinking fountain and one classroom sink faucet in student areas will be replaced; however, district administrators do not have concerns regarding student exposure to date, according to a news release.
Final tests performed at Sperreng Middle School, Truman Middle School, Kennerly Elementary School, Sappington Elementary School and Lindbergh Early Childhood Education found every water sample taken to have less than 20 parts per billion of lead, which is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standard for safe lead levels in public schools. Six locations districtwide tested slightly more than 20 parts per billion, including four areas that are not used by students.
A drinking fountain in the Lindbergh High School library and a classroom sink at Long Elementary School tested slightly higher than EPA levels. The Long faucet and LHS drinking fountain have been shut down and will be replaced immediately to ensure safe drinking water for students. Faucets in the non-student areas which tested higher than 20 parts per billion will be replaced as well.
“These tests are reassuring for parents, staff, students and our community. They reaffirm that Lindbergh Schools water is safe and high quality for student consumption,” Superintendent Jim Simpson stated in the release. “The tests also are valuable to highlight areas where we can make minor facility improvements and keep students and staff safe.”
Locations of lead levels exceeding 20 parts per billion in student areas were:
Lindbergh High School library drinking fountain — 94 parts per billion.
Long Elementary classroom sink — 36 parts per billion.
Locations of lead levels exceeding 20 parts per billion in non-student areas were:
Central Office sink — 267 parts per billion.
Concord Elementary kitchen sink — 42 parts per billion.
Crestwood employee workroom sink — 505 parts per billion.
Al B. Moore Leadership Center sink — 48 parts per billion.