Article courtesy of Natalie Solis and Vickie Chen | January 24th, 2017 | Fox 4 News | Shared as educational material.
The Dallas Independent School District hired two private companies to test at least one drinking water sample at all 227 schools in the district. Although the US Environmental Protection Agency recommends levels of lead lower than 20 parts per billion (ppb), DISD is implementing a more restrictive 15 ppb in its schools. Lead in drinking water has negative health effects, especially in children. The tests showed that three schools had lead levels higher than US EPA action levels and four schools had elevated copper levels. Read more about the school district’s steps here.