NORWALK, Ohio-- Drinking fountains and faucets have been shutdown in the Norwalk City School District after testing positive for high levels of lead.
Superintendent George E. Fisk sent a letter home to parents on Wednesday, informing them of the results of a recent test.
"Throughout the 2015-2016 school year there were a number of national news reports concerning the quality of drinking water in schools. These stories indicated that aging school facilities across the country may contain drinking fountains and plumbing fixtures contributing to lead levels higher than the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion," Fisk said in the letter.
Samples from 78 drinking fountains and faucets were tested, and 10 had lead levels above 15 ppb. Those water sources, located at Maplehurst Elementary, League Elementary, Main Street Intermediate, Pleasant Elementary and Norwalk Middle School, were shutdown.
The Norwalk City School District said it is working to replace the affected spigots. Students are allowed to bring their own water bottles until further notice, and the district is providing staff and students with safe water.