According to investigation released by the Associated Press in September 2009, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country contains unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins. This investigation revealed contamination in both public and private schools, from small towns to large cities and in all 50 states.
The contamination was more pronounced at schools that had wells (roughly 8% to 11% of the nation’s schools). According to data provided by the Environmental Protection Agency, of those schools with wells, nearly 20% violated the Safe Drinking Water Act over the past decade.
The state with the greatest violations of contamination was California (612 violations). States also reporting high volumes of contamination violations were Ohio (451), Maine (417), Connecticut (318) and Indiana (289).
The contaminant most frequently cited was the presence of coliform bacteria. Also sited were contaminations of lead and copper, arsenic and nitrates.
It this problem is not simply isolated to the schools that have wells. Schools that get their water from public utilities showed contamination too. This was more evident with schools in older buildings. Older school buildings were more likely to have higher levels of lead concentration most.
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