Health

More DeKalb County schools test positive for lead in water

 

Lead was found in water samples at Rowland and Pleasantdale elementary schools and the Margaret Harris Comprehensive School, DeKalb County School District officials said late Monday.

The school district posted testing reports from six schools. Of those, no lead above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level of 15 parts per billion was discovered at Evansdale and Jolly elementary schools and Coralwood Education Center.

The EPA limits lead levels to 15 parts per billion. School water fountains should not exceed lead concentrations of 1 part per billion, recommends the American Society of Pediatrics, saying even low lead levels could affect behavior and learning.

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Porches an overlooked lead hazard

A new study in the journal Environmental Health indicates that porches in older homes can be a significant source of lead dust and that housing regulations – which have been instrumental in lower rates of lead poisoning in recent years – need to be adapted to meet this threat to children’s health.

“This study shows that porches are an important potential source of exposure for children,” said Katrina Korfmacher, Ph.D. director of the Community Outreach and Engagement Core of the University of Rochester Medical Center Environmental Health Sciences Center and a co-author of the study.… Continue Reading . . .

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