Lead found in drinking water in Hawaii public schools

HONOLULU (AP) – Drinking water tests at public schools in Hawaii have found that at least 93 faucets and fountains have high levels of lead.

Contaminated water was found among 2,232 faucets sampled at 58 schools in Maui, Kauai and Big Island, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Friday. Testing on Oahu began in July and results will be released as soon as they are available.

Four other faucets with high levels of lead were found among 100 sources sampled at 70 daycares across the state.

The results show high lead in about 4% of the samples collected so far, officials said.

Analysis of the water reported lead concentrations above a project action level of 15 parts per billion.

State officials said the compromised devices had been decommissioned and the facilities notified.

“We would like to assure the community that faucets that had high levels of lead will not be used for drinking or preparing food until the issue is resolved,” said Michael Miyahira, Acting Branch Manager of the branch. drinking water from the Ministry of Health, in a press release. A declaration.

Faucets seemed to be the problem in most cases, but follow-up testing will reveal if the plumbing is to blame, Miyahira said.

This is the first time that Hawaii’s public schools have been comprehensively tested for lead in drinking water. The state received a grant of $ 222,000 from the United States Environmental Protection Agency to perform the tests.

The education ministry said it would assess plumbing when results show high lead levels and replace fixtures in any contaminated areas.

Comparable tests in the Americas showed contamination in about 5% to 6% of samples taken, officials said.

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