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New Round of Testing Shows Continued Elevated Lead Levels in Ithaca Schools

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Two Ithaca schools are continuing to show elevated lead levels in water supplies despite assurances that the problem is under control.

Sample testing at the Enfield and Caroline Elementary Schools continue to show high levels of lead in the water for some classroom sinks and drinking fountains.

At Enfield Elementary School, 11 of 65 sample sites recently tested were higher than that EPA lead standard.

At the Caroline Elementary School, 35 of 91 samples tested high for lead.

At a recent school meeting, some parents criticized school administrators, saying they weren’t given enough information about high lead levels discovered last summer.

The Tompkins County Health Department is now working with the Ithaca City School District.

Administrators have agreed to shut off access to areas, where they don’t want students to drink the water. The district is also providing water coolers as alternatives, according to a spokesperson for the Health Department.

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