Water test results expected today after lead concerns at Chagrin Falls school

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CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio -- Is the water safe or not? That question should be answered today for an elementary school in Chagrin Falls. 

Last week, the water was shut off at T.C. Gurney Elementary after what school officials called a discrepancy in information posted on the Ohio EPA's website.

The school contacted the Ohio EPA last week when they learned of a posting that warned of the water quality at the school. The posting came after the agency declared the water safe for drinking in November.

The school district decided not to close the school, but all drinking fountains were turned off and covered. They brought in bottled water and told everyone in the building to use bathroom sinks for hand washing only.

Supt. Robert Hunt explained that unlike other schools in the district, Gurney gets its water from a well and high pH levels presented some problems when they turned the water on after pipes had been sitting over the summer. He said those issues were addressed with the help of the EPA.

"We're in the same aquifer that most of the residents within our community of South Russell are in, so we don't have any information that leads us to believe this is an aquifer issue," said Hunt. "We believe it was simply because we had high pH in our lines, they sat all summer and that caused the issue, the original issue."

More than 20 water samples were taken between Jan. 22 and Jan. 27. The results from those tests are expected today.

No students or staff have tested positive for lead.

Continuing coverage here. 

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