Lead concerns: Chagrin Falls elementary school awaiting water tests results

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio-- Officials will continue to have bottled water available to students at a Chagrin Falls school as they await the results of tests.

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District Superintendent Robert Hunt told FOX 8 News there is no indication of lead in the water at T.C. Gurney Elementary School. He said a report on the Ohio EPA's website indicating elevated levels contradicts what the agency told him.

In a Jan. 19 letter to the school district, the Ohio EPA said, "The Gurney Elementary School water system is in violation of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) for failure to perform and submit quality parameters, and for failure to distribute public education information on lead in drinking water."

The EPA told Fox 8's Lorrie Taylor that they issued the letter to err on the side of caution after the incident in Sebring, where elevated levels of lead were found in the water in many homes.

On Friday, the district provided bottled water to students and staff at the school. The drinking fountains were covered, but the sinks remain on for washing hands.

Officials expect to have test results on Feb. 3.

Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School District released the following statement Friday afternoon:

"In addition, out of abundance of caution, the district will be taking 20 additional samples through the building to be tested early next week.  Gurney Elementary will remain on bottled water until the test results are reviewed.  We would like to thank the Ohio EPA, Costco (for assisting in obtaining water), and the community of Chagrin Falls for their support and understanding.  We would anticipate further comment after receiving the initial test results.

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T.C. Gurney Elementary School

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