Study Shows School Drinking Water Contaminated

Over the last decade, the drinking water at thousands of schools across the country has been found to contain unsafe levels of lead, pesticides and dozens of other toxins.

An Associated Press investigation finds that contaminants have surfaced at public and private schools in all 50 states. The contamination is most apparent at schools with wells. The problem has gone largely unmonitored by the federal government.

Experts and children's advocates complain that responsibility for drinking water is spread among too many local, state and federal agencies, and that risks are going unreported.

Schools with unsafe water represent only a small percentage of the nation's more than 132,000 schools. And the EPA says the number of violations has spiked largely because the government has gradually adopted stricter standards for contaminants.

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  • by People Investigating Toxic Sites Location: Boonville, CA on Sep 28, 2009 at 12:49 AM
    Perhaps the schools with contaminated drinking water wells were built on top of closed dumps (landfills). Cancer clusters and groundwater contamination have been reported at many schools across the country that were built on old dumpsites. Most closed dumps contain carcinogenic chemicals and generate highly explosive, highly flammable methane gas for up to a hundred years after closure. Landfill gases can migrate through the soil and into buildings through cracks in the floor or openings around pipes. Providing drinking water to schools built on dumps will not protect the health or safety of students and faculty. Historical research should be conducted of every school with a contaminated drinking water well to determine previous land-use.
  • by voter Location: nc on Sep 25, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    your local, state and federal government employees are paid, with your tax money, to moniter exactly this. what ever that tells you about the calibre of government employees.
  • by TD Location: Washington on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:56 PM
    I have to say it doesn't surprise me. I mean come on people. Guess we need to send our kids lunch from home. My daughter has already told me that her chicken was pink in the middle on two different occasions. She also says she never drinks anything with her lunch that the milk is sour. Someone needs to assess this situation on a regular basis. Parents, do like I do, pop up unexpectedly to eat with your child. I have seen some things and if I continue I don't remind reporting it.
  • by Hunry student Location: somewhere on Sep 25, 2009 at 02:25 PM
    Why are they just now reporting that?! Food has been contaminated for years! At least it tastes like it!
  • by MOM Location: WASHINGTON on Sep 25, 2009 at 12:02 PM
    Names of school please!!!
  • by Graduated Location: Washington on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:48 AM
    Ewww. That's why it always tasted funky.
  • by BKJ Location: nc on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:24 AM
    And they say parents is abusive to kids!!!
  • by john Location: washington on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:13 AM
    "Local Government"
  • by betty Location: cortland on Sep 25, 2009 at 05:25 AM
    Come on people, lets get looking into this problem. Our kids don't need to be drinking this kind of crap. Lets get moving on this.

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