Officials acting to remove lead from 9 Central Bucks schools before classes start

Justin Udo
August 12, 2019 - 1:31 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — There's lead in the water, at several schools in the Central Bucks School District, and district officials are working to fix the problem before school resumes.

More than 1,000 of the district's sinks, fountains and other water sources were tested for lead. 

"Sixteen of those individual sources at nine different schools were identified as having levels that exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency standards," said district spokesperson Angela Linch.

This nine schools are:

  • Buckingham Elementary
  • Cold Spring Elementary
  • Groveland Elementary
  • Kutz Elementary
  • Lenape Middle School 
  • Tohickon Middle School 
  • Unami Middle School 
  • Central Bucks East High School
  • Central West High School

She says that when they got that news, their facilities and energy management operations department immediately began the process of getting rid of the lead.

"Once that process is complete, our engineering consultant will conduct follow-up tests to ensure the remediation was successful," she said. 

Linch says they're working to make sure those schools are lead-free when students return in September, and they'll keep families posted on their progress.

"We want our students and parents to be able to return their attention to everything else associated with back-to-school season," Linch said.

Linch says they chose to run the optional lead test, and no parents reported to the district that their child became sick with lead poisoning.