High levels of lead found in Granville Village Schools’ water

GRANVILLE, OH (WCMH) —  All drinking fountains have been shut down after high levels of lead were found in the water at Granville schools.

High levels of lead in the water at Granville Village Schools have triggered a shut down of all drinking fountains and letters were sent out informing parents of the water findings.

Superintendent Jeff Brown says he ordered tests as a precaution.

“We wanted to make sure we could say with confidence that the drinking water was safe in Granville Schools.”

But Brown was stunned by the results.

In one case, lead levels were 100 parts per billion. Much higher than the EPA’s 15 parts per billion cutoff that’s considered dangerous.

After hearing the results, Brown acted quickly and shut down the drinking fountains.

“We acted literally within 15 minutes of getting the phone call from the village office,” Brown said.

More tests have been ordered and for now, bottled water is being hauled in to the schools.

Jessica Dandurand’s daughter is in kindergarten and she says the tests have her worried about the safety of the water in her own home, which is right next door to the elementary school.

“It’s a concern, yeah. I’ll get in touch with the water and see if that affects us here at home.”

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